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|
|PREM19/2523||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|
|PREM19/2631||Economic Policy (Exchange rate: exchange control policy) (Part 3)||Begins: 1987 Jan 29||Ends: 1989 May 18||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 337|
|PREM19/2535||Soviet Union (Domestic scene: Soviet leadership succession (Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko, Gorbachev)) (Part 2)||Begins: 1979 Jun 20||Ends: 1987 Aug 5||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 6||File classification: Secret||Pages: 337|
|PREM19/471||Germany (Prime Minister's meetings with Chancellor Schmidt in Bonn, November 1980 and November 1981: Anglo-German Summits) (Part 2)||Begins: 1980 Jun 4||Ends: 1981 Nov 18||Date of release: 2011 Dec 30||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 338|
|PREM19/2165||European Policy (European Community budget) (Part 35)||Begins: 1987 Feb 2||Ends: 1987 Apr 21||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 338|
|PREM19/1200||Economic policy (International banking system) (Part 3)||Begins: 1983 Sep 1||Ends: 1984 Feb 24||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 338|
|PREM19/1284||Iraq (Internal situation; Iran-Iraq War; threat to Gulf oil supplies) (Part 4)||Begins: 1984 Feb 16||Ends: 1984 Aug 31||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 338|
|PREM19/1215||Energy (Energy policy: nuclear power policy; fast reactor policy; Sizewell inquiry and procurement; structure of nuclear industry) (Part 8)||Begins: 1982 Oct 27||Ends: 1984 Nov 30||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 339|
|PREM19/1311||Manpower (Strategy for industry and employment; reducing the burden of regulation on the economy; Chequers seminar on employment) (Part 1)||Begins: 1983 Feb 15||Ends: 1984 Mar 30||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 339|
|PREM19/1152||USA (United States foreign policy; nuclear non-proliferation) (Part 1)||Begins: 1981 Mar 21||Ends: 1983 Dec 22||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 339|
|PREM19/2080||Economic Policy (Budget) (Part 17)||Begins: 1987 Oct 2||Ends: 1988 Mar 31||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Secret||Pages: 339|
|PREM19/2761||Local Government (Correspondence from Sir John Sainsbury on planning controls: general planning inquiries; proposed Planning Bill) (Part 6)||Begins: 1989 Mar 1||Ends: 1989 Aug 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 339|
|PREM19/2181||France (Anglo-French relations: French disruption of UK lamb trade; Anglo-French nuclear defence cooperation; Prime Minister Michel Rocard's environmental initiative) (Part 4)||Begins: 1986 Nov 3||Ends: 1988 Nov 28||Date of release: 2017 Jan 30||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 339|
|PREM19/932||Transport (Railway policy: British Rail pay dispute; investigation into 'flexible rostering' by Railway Staff National Tribunal under Lord McCarthy; railway finances review by Sir David Serpell) (Part 3)||Begins: 1982 Feb 10||Ends: 1982 May 7||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Secret||Pages: 340|
|PREM19/2110||Economic Policy (G7 Summit - Toronto: Prime Minister's Personal Representative for Economic Summits; 'Sherpa' papers) (Part 3)||Begins: 1988 Jun 1||Ends: 1988 Jul 29||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 340|