MT's official files as Prime Minister, 1979-90
MT's official files as PM can be read on this site as they are released, in full and free to all - the confidential files originally stored at No.10, the core record of her premiership.
The files have been copied at the British National Archives (TNA) at Kew in London and can be downloaded precisely as they appear in the reading room.
We are doing something more to help people make sense of this mass of information. The files are subject-based, logically enough, but that system makes it difficult to reconstruct the flow of paper across the Prime Minister’s desk at any point in time, depriving us of a sense of context and cross-winds, some of them overwhelming.
To combat this effect we are uploading a large selection of the most important documents from these files – thousands in total - to our powerful site database. You can search and sort by date, subject and other parameters, getting as close as anyone can now get to reconstructing the Prime Minister’s daily "Red Boxes", the rich diet of foreign and domestic policy papers submitted to her by the No.10 Private Office.
|File name||Title||Begins||Ends||Date of release||Any docs withheld?||File classification||Pages|
|PREM19/3146||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Prime Minister's visit to Turkey, April 1990: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1989 Nov 23||Ends: 1990 May 21||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 7||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 158|
|PREM19/3102||NATO (NATO Summits) (Part 4)||Begins: 1989 Nov 27||Ends: 1990 Jun 27||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 370|
|PREM19/3217||Agriculture (Prime Minister's lunch with innovative farmers, 3 May 1991)||Begins: 1989 Nov 27||Ends: 1991 May 2||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 4||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 75|
|PREM19/2974||European Policy (European Community budget: developments in the European Community) (Part 44)||Begins: 1989 Nov 30||Ends: 1990 Feb 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2965||Environmental Affairs (Environmental policy: environmental pollution: climate change; Environmental Protection Bill) (Part 13)||Begins: 1989 Dec 1||Ends: 1990 Jan 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 205|
|PREM19/3132||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Prime Minister's visit to Switzerland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, September 1990: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1989 Dec 1||Ends: 1990 Oct 18||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 8||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 370|
|PREM19/2992||Foreign Policy (East/West relations) (Part 10)||Begins: 1989 Dec 1||Ends: 1990 Jan 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3262||Disasters (Lockerbie bombing, 21 December 1988: Pan Am 747 air crash) (Part 2a)||Begins: 1989 Dec 2||Ends: 1991 Nov 15||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3073||Middle East (Situation in the Middle East) (Part 20)||Begins: 1989 Dec 3||Ends: 1990 Aug 1||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 6||File classification: Secret CAB ONE||Pages: 177|
|PREM19/2942||Economic Policy (Budget) (Part 19)||Begins: 1989 Dec 6||Ends: 1990 May 17||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2940||Drugs (Drugs) (Part 5)||Begins: 1989 Dec 8||Ends: 1990 Apr 17||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/3571||Trade (Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD): review of the status of the ECGD; privatisation of Insurance Services Group) (Part 3)||Begins: 1989 Dec 11||Ends: 1990 Dec 27||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidenrtial||Pages: 473|
|PREM19/2669||European Policy (European Council meeting, Strasbourg, December 1989) (Part 36)||Begins: 1989 Dec 12||Ends: 1989 Dec 15||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3593||Economic Policy (Friendly Societies legislation)||Begins: 1989 Dec 12||Ends: 1991 Oct 7||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 93|
|PREM19/4306||Ministers (Correspondence with Members of Parliament)||Begins: 1989 Dec 13||Ends: 1991 Nov 26||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|