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|
|PREM19/979||Defence (Modernisation of Theatre Nuclear Forces (TNF) in Europe; proposed basing of United States Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM) in the UK; Geneva talks on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)) (Part 3)||Begins: 1982 Oct 20||Ends: 1983 Sep 21||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 353|
|PREM19/1224||European policy (Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)) (Part 12)||Begins: 1983 Dec 1||Ends: 1984 Dec 20||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 354|
|PREM19/2775||National Health (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)) (Part 2)||Begins: 1987 Jan 14||Ends: 1989 Dec 15||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 6||File classification: Secret||Pages: 354|
|PREM19/1395||Sri Lanka (Internal situation; UK/Sri Lankan relations; aid to Sri Lanka) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 21||Ends: 1984 Oct 22||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 354|
|PREM19/1721||Economic policy (The 1986 Budget) (Part 15)||Begins: 1986 Feb 5||Ends: 1986 Apr 24||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Budget Secret||Pages: 354|
|PREM19/1160||Manpower (Measures to counter unemployment; annexes to report by Professor Patrick Minford, 'UK unemployment - analysis and policy proposals') (Part 8C)||Begins: 1982 Sep 6||Ends: 1983 Jan 29||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 355|
|PREM19/1016||Energy (North Sea oil prices; heavy fuel oil prices; oil prices in the longer term) (Part 1)||Begins: 1980 Jan 30||Ends: 1983 Jun 23||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 355|
|PREM19/2778||National Health (Expenditure and efficiency in the National Health Service (NHS): community care) (Part 20)||Begins: 1989 Mar 2||Ends: 1989 Apr 28||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 355|
|PREM19/971||Cyprus (Internal situation; UK/Cypriot relations) (Part 1)||Begins: 1980 Feb 29||Ends: 1983 Nov 29||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 355|
|PREM19/110||Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 5)||Begins: 1979 Aug 9||Ends: 1979 Aug 30||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 355|
|PREM19/2376||Parliament (House of Commons procedure: Select Committees) (Part 8)||Begins: 1986 Jul 3||Ends: 1987 Jan 28||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 355|
|PREM19/2764||Local Government (Future of the rating system: rating revaluation; Community Charge) (Part 13)||Begins: 1989 Jun 1||Ends: 1989 Jul 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 355|
|PREM19/3422||Local Government (Future of the rating system: rating revaluation; Community Charge) (Part 21)||Begins: 1990 Nov 1||Ends: 1990 Dec 29||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 356|
|PREM19/2194||Government Machinery (Monopolies and mergers) (Part 2)||Begins: 1987 Mar 3||Ends: 1988 Feb 29||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 356|
|PREM19/2856||Social Services (Uprating of social security benefits) (Part 4)||Begins: 1987 May 6||Ends: 1989 Sep 29||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 356|