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|
|PREM19/1323||Nationalised industries (Pay of Chairmen and Board members) (Part 2)||Begins: 1981 Dec 4||Ends: 1984 May 29||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 334|
|PREM19/1615||Regional Policy (Inner city policy: Urban Programme; illegal rate setting by Liverpool City Council; appointment of commissioners; reorganisation of schools) (Part 5)||Begins: 1984 Apr 27||Ends: 1985 Jan 28||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 334|
|PREM19/1228||European policy (European Community budget; future of Europe) (Part 24)||Begins: 1984 Apr 2||Ends: 1984 May 31||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 334|
|PREM19/3464||National Health (Nurses' pay: nurses clinical regrading exercise) (Part 4)||Begins: 1988 Aug 11||Ends: 1990 Dec 29||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 334|
|PREM19/1191||Economic policy (Public Spending) (Part 27)||Begins: 1984 Mar 2||Ends: 1984 Aug 22||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 335|
|PREM19/761||France (Internal situation) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Apr 12||Ends: 1982 Jan 25||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 335|
|PREM19/2723||Home Affairs (Race relations: Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) draft Code of Practice; scrutiny of grants under section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966) (Part 1)||Begins: 1980 May 14||Ends: 1989 May 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 335|
|PREM19/506||Ireland (Hunger strike at the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland; the 'Dirty Protest') (Part 5)||Begins: 1981 Jul 3||Ends: 1981 Aug 28||Date of release: 2011 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 335|
|PREM19/1197||Economic policy (Budget) (Part 11)||Begins: 1983 Mar 17||Ends: 1984 Feb 28||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 336|
|PREM19/3063||Local Government (Future of the rating system: rating revaluation; Community Charge) (Part 16)||Begins: 1990 Jan 2||Ends: 1990 Feb 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 336|
|PREM19/1737||Energy (Oil prices: prospects for world oil market; proposed Petroleum Bill; North Sea oil prices; heavy fuel oil prices; oil prices in the longer term) (Part 2)||Begins: 1983 Oct 7||Ends: 1986 Jan 31||Date of release: 2014 Dec 31||Any docs withheld? 4||File classification: Secret and Personal||Pages: 336|
|PREM19/505||Ireland (Hunger strike at the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland; the 'Dirty Protest') (Part 4)||Begins: 1981 May 20||Ends: 1981 Jul 2||Date of release: 2011 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 336|
|PREM19/3155||Science and Technology (Maintaining the strength of the science base: the science budget; report on 'Developments in Biotechnology') (Part 10)||Begins: 1990 Jan 2||Ends: 1990 Mar 30||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 337|
|PREM19/717||Economic policy (Public Spending) (Part 19)||Begins: 1982 Mar 12||Ends: 1982 Jul 25||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Secret||Pages: 337|
|PREM19/2523||Social Services (Pensions: portable pensions; Inquiry into Provision for Retirement; consultation document on personal pensions)||Begins: 1983 Sep 30||Ends: 1988 Feb 19||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Secret||Pages: 337|