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|
|PREM19/1628||Security (Contingency arrangements for dealing with terrorist incidents)||Begins: 1979 Jun 8||Ends: 1985 Nov 21||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 25|
|PREM19/328||Parliament (Top Salaries Review Body report on Parliamentary pay) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Jun 8||Ends: 1980 Feb 7||Date of release: 2010 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 243|
|PREM19/3417||Kenya (UK/Kenya relations: internal situation) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Jun 8||Ends: 1991 Oct 28||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 8||File classification: Secret||Pages: 292|
|PREM19/1065||Industrial policy (Port of London Authority (PLA); five year plan; finances; closures; possible industrial action)||Begins: 1979 Jun 7||Ends: 1983 May 13||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 76|
|PREM19/1150||USA (Visits by Senator Jesse Helms and John Carbaugh; discussion of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe sanctions and US political matters)||Begins: 1979 Jun 7||Ends: 1983 Jul 23||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 97|
|PREM19/1006||Economic policy (Consultation with International Monetary Fund (IMF); meetings of IMF and World Bank) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Jun 7||Ends: 1983 Feb 15||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 240|
|PREM19/363||Security (Policy on interception) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Jun 7||Ends: 1980 Mar 19||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Unknown|
|PREM19/125||Transport (Consumers & nationalized transport industries)||Begins: 1979 Jun 7||Ends: 1979 Jul 3||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 17|
|PREM19/976||Defence (Exports of defence equipment to Iran; sanctions; delivery of Iranian ship 'Kharg')||Begins: 1979 Jun 7||Ends: 1983 Sep 21||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 138|
|PREM19/899||Royal family (Civil List) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Jun 7||Ends: 1982 Mar 23||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Unknown|
|PREM19/3383||Home Affairs (Registration of children's homes)||Begins: 1979 Jun 7||Ends: 1991 Jun 4||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3089||Ministers (Prime Minister's meetings with Junior Ministers)||Begins: 1979 Jun 6||Ends: 1990 Sep 12||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 266|
|PREM19/1794||Home Affairs (Animal welfare matters) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Jun 6||Ends: 1986 Sep 25||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2528||South Africa (Report of the Erasmus Commission on alleged irregularities in the South African Department of Information; resignation of President John Vorster; European Community Erasmus programme (student exchange programme))||Begins: 1979 Jun 6||Ends: 1987 Jan 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 12|
|PREM19/2781||National Health (John Corrie MP's Bill on Abortion (1979): David Alton's Abortion Bill (1988); abortion policy)||Begins: 1979 Jun 5||Ends: 1989 Feb 17||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|