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|
|PREM19/4732||Home Affairs (Behaviour of British football fans abroad: football hooliganism; Football Spectators Bill; Taylor Report on the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster) (Part 9)||Begins: 1990 Feb 1||Ends: 1994 Jun 23||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3691||Economic Policy (Reports of the Pay Review Bodies: review of the Office of Manpower Economics (OME)) (Part 11)||Begins: 1990 Feb 1||Ends: 1992 Jan 24||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 370|
|PREM19/3574||Transport (British Rail: public transport fares in London; British Rail privatisation) (Part 11)||Begins: 1990 Feb 1||Ends: 1991 Jul 26||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 302|
|PREM19/3037||India (Visit to the UK by Ramaswamy Venkataraman, President of India, April 1990)||Begins: 1990 Feb 1||Ends: 1990 Apr 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3912||Qatar (Visits to the UK by the Amir of Qatar) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Feb 1||Ends: 1992 Feb 10||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 4||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 75|
|PREM19/3181||Soviet Union (UK/Soviet relations: internal situation; Lithuanian declaration of independence) (Part 15)||Begins: 1990 Feb 1||Ends: 1990 Mar 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 20||File classification: Top Secret Cab One||Pages: 307|
|PREM19/3119||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meeting with John Broome, 7 February 1990: proposed development of Battersea Power Station)||Begins: 1990 Feb 2||Ends: 1990 Feb 7||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 18|
|PREM19/3141||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Prime Minister's possible visit to Paris to attend European Democratic Union (EDU) working dinner, February 1990: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1990 Feb 5||Ends: 1990 Feb 15||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 6|
|PREM19/3397||Industrial Policy (Future of Wages Councils) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Feb 5||Ends: 1991 May 13||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 15|
|PREM19/4152||Foreign Policy (Strategy on foreign policy and defence issues) (Part 5)||Begins: 1990 Feb 5||Ends: 1993 Feb 22||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/3207||USA (Prime Minister's visits to the USA) (Part 9)||Begins: 1990 Feb 5||Ends: 1990 Aug 8||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 7||File classification: Secret||Pages: 115|
|PREM19/2966||Environmental Affairs (Environmental policy: environmental pollution: climate change; environmental objectives and land use planning) (Part 14)||Begins: 1990 Feb 6||Ends: 1990 Feb 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 223|
|PREM19/3638||Czechoslovakia (Visit to the UK by President Vaclav Havel, March 1990; visits of the Czech Foreign Minister, April 1990, and Prime Minister Klaus, Jul 1992)||Begins: 1990 Feb 7||Ends: 1992 Jul 3||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 114|
|PREM19/4314||National Health (Industrial action in the National Health Service (NHS): NHS workers' pay (except nurses)) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Feb 7||Ends: 1993 Dec 10||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/4500||USA (Economic situation) (Part 5)||Begins: 1990 Feb 9||Ends: 1993 Apr 21||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|