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|
|PREM19/1126||Saudi Arabia (Saudi/UK relations; internal situation) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Nov 9||Ends: 1983 Dec 23||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||Any docs withheld? 7||File classification: Secret||Pages: 342|
|PREM19/1253||Government machinery (Organisation of Treasury and Cabinet Office; Management and Personnel Office (MPO); future of Efficiency Unit; abolition of Central Policy Review Staff (CPRS)) (Part 6)||Begins: 1982 Aug 25||Ends: 1984 Jan 16||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 342|
|PREM19/113||Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 8)||Begins: 1979 Oct 11||Ends: 1979 Oct 31||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 342|
|PREM19/2126||Education (General policy on education and education expenditure; Higginson Report on future of 'A' levels; polytechnics; City Arts College; national curriculum issues; opting out of Local Education (Part 19)||Begins: 1988 Jun 1||Ends: 1988 Nov 30||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Secret||Pages: 343|
|PREM19/713||Economic policy (Strategy) (Part 17)||Begins: 1982 Jun 8||Ends: 1982 Jul 14||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 343|
|PREM19/1534||Hungary (UK/Hungarian relations: Prime Minister's visit to Hungary, February 1984) (Part 2)||Begins: 1984 Feb 1||Ends: 1985 Jan 16||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 343|
|PREM19/2319||Manpower (Special employment measures: reducing unemployment below two million; future of the Training Commission) (Part 19)||Begins: 1988 Mar 1||Ends: 1988 Oct 31||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 343|
|PREM19/3191||Trade (UK's international trade policies: analysis of UK imports; General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Uruguay Round) (Part 7)||Begins: 1989 Oct 6||Ends: 1990 Nov 27||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 343|
|PREM19/3236||Civil Service (Pay and pensions: Passport Department industrial dispute) (Part 18)||Begins: 1989 Feb 1||Ends: 1991 Jul 31||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 343|
|PREM19/3780||Government Machinery (Special Political Advisers: appointments) (Part 5)||Begins: 1989 Sep 4||Ends: 1992 Apr 30||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 26||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 344|
|PREM19/2335||National Health (Expenditure and efficiency in the National Health Service (NHS): NHS Review) (Part 9)||Begins: 1987 Oct 26||Ends: 1988 Jan 29||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Secret||Pages: 344|
|PREM19/843||Middle East (Situation in the Middle East) (Part 9)||Begins: 1981 Dec 11||Ends: 1982 Apr 21||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Secret||Pages: 344|
|PREM19/1835||Local Government (Relations with central government, organisation & finance) (Part 29)||Begins: 1985 Dec 2||Ends: 1986 May 28||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 344|
|PREM19/597||South Africa (Situation in Namibia) (Part 2)||Begins: 1980 Jul 1||Ends: 1981 Jul 20||Date of release: 2011 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 344|
|PREM19/1527||Home Affairs (Football hooliganism: behaviour of British football fans abroad; Bradford City stadium fire and European Cup Final disaster in Brussels, May 1985) (Part 2)||Begins: 1985 Mar 27||Ends: 1985 May 31||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 344|