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|
|PREM19/3578||Transport (Policy on roads: private finance for roads; Western Orbital Route; motorway service areas) (Part 5)||Begins: 1990 Jan 5||Ends: 1991 Dec 23||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 362|
|PREM19/2998||Germany (Internal situation in East Germany: policy towards German reunification) (Part 2a)||Begins: 1990 Jan 5||Ends: 1990 Feb 15||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 299|
|PREM19/2949||Economic Policy (Public spending) (Part 44)||Begins: 1990 Jan 5||Ends: 1990 Aug 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 285|
|PREM19/4009||Australia (UK/Australian relations: internal situation)(Part 3)||Begins: 1990 Jan 7||Ends: 1993 Jul 19||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/3140||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Prime Minister's visit to Paris, January 1990: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1990 Jan 8||Ends: 1990 Jan 19||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 9|
|PREM19/2954||Education (General policy on education) (Part 23)||Begins: 1990 Jan 9||Ends: 1990 Feb 23||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2958||Education (Student loans) (Part 3)||Begins: 1990 Jan 10||Ends: 1990 Apr 4||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 41|
|PREM19/4662||European Policy (The Economic and Social Committee of the EEC) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jan 11||Ends: 1994 Jul 18||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3020||Home Affairs (Sentencing policy: Criminal Justice Bill) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Jan 12||Ends: 1990 Sep 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 163|
|PREM19/3125||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meeting with Members of the Conservative Backbench Trade and Industry Committee, 16 January 1990)||Begins: 1990 Jan 16||Ends: 1990 Jan 16||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Restricted||Pages: 4|
|PREM19/2935||Defence (Procurement of weapon systems) (Part 8)||Begins: 1990 Jan 18||Ends: 1990 Jul 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 10||File classification: Secret UK Eyes A||Pages: 182|
|PREM19/4560||Aerospace (Westland Helicopters) (Part 8)||Begins: 1990 Jan 22||Ends: 1994 Feb 4||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3070||Manpower (Special employment measures: Prime Minister's seminar on training, 2 February 1990; future of the Skills Training Agency) (Part 23)||Begins: 1990 Jan 23||Ends: 1990 Feb 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 329|
|PREM19/3206||USA (Prime Minister's meeting with the Reverend Jesse Jackson, 5 February 1990)||Begins: 1990 Jan 25||Ends: 1990 Mar 27||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 30|
|PREM19/4006||Argentina (Internal situation/relations) (Part 44)||Begins: 1990 Jan 30||Ends: 1993 May 27||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|