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|
|PREM19/4625||El Salvador (Internal situation: UK/El Salvador relations) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Feb 15||Ends: 1994 Apr 29||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/2999||Germany (Internal situation in East Germany: policy towards German reunification) (Part 2B)||Begins: 1990 Feb 16||Ends: 1990 Feb 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2980||European Policy (Special European Council meeting, Dublin, April 1990; European Council meeting, Dublin, June 1990) (Part 36A)||Begins: 1990 Feb 16||Ends: 1990 Jul 13||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4452||South Africa (Visits of South African President, FW de Klerk) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Feb 28||Ends: 1993 Sep 30||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3199||Turkey (Prime Minister's visit to Turkey to attend the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, April 1990) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Feb 28||Ends: 1990 Aug 13||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 178|
|PREM19/3064||Local Government (Future of the rating system: rating revaluation; Community Charge) (Part 17)||Begins: 1990 Mar 1||Ends: 1990 Mar 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Secret||Pages: 429|
|PREM19/2918||Broadcasting (Broadcasting policy: Broadcasting Bill) (Part 11)||Begins: 1990 Mar 1||Ends: 1990 Jun 29||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 309|
|PREM19/3018||Government Machinery (Rayner Scrutiny Programme: promotion of efficiency and elimination of waste; value for money seminars; Next Steps initiative) (Part 33)||Begins: 1990 Mar 1||Ends: 1990 Mar 30||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/2955||Education (General policy on education) (Part 24)||Begins: 1990 Mar 1||Ends: 1990 Mar 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3000||Germany (Internal situation in East Germany: policy towards German reunification) (Part 3)||Begins: 1990 Mar 1||Ends: 1990 Mar 29||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3235||Civil Service (Dispersal policy: transfer of government work to the regions) (Part 5)||Begins: 1990 Mar 1||Ends: 1991 Feb 28||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 387|
|PREM19/3071||Manpower (Special employment measures: training policy; pilot schemes of training credits for young people) (Part 24)||Begins: 1990 Mar 1||Ends: 1990 Oct 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 264|
|PREM19/3138||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Prime Minister's visit to Helsinki, August 1990: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1990 Mar 1||Ends: 1990 Oct 2||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 8||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 122|
|PREM19/3836||Japan (Visit to the UK by Japanese Prime Ministers, Toshiki Kaifu and Kiichi Miyazawa) (Part 3)||Begins: 1990 Mar 1||Ends: 1992 Jul 21||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 69|
|PREM19/3429||Local Government (Relations between central and local government: local authority expenditure; Local Government Review; structure of local government) (Part 38)||Begins: 1990 Mar 1||Ends: 1991 Apr 24||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 423|