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|
|PREM19/2520||Social Services (Review of social security benefits: Income Support; Pensions Ombudsdman) (Part 6)||Begins: 1986 Oct 2||Ends: 1990 Feb 27||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Secret||Pages: 397|
|PREM19/415||Defence (Defence budget) (Part 5)||Begins: 1981 Mar 11||Ends: 1981 May 17||Date of release: 2011 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 397|
|PREM19/547||Nationalised industries (Privatisation) (Part 4)||Begins: 1981 Mar 3||Ends: 1981 Sep 18||Date of release: 2011 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 398|
|PREM19/1660||USA (Prime Minister's visit to New York and the United Nations, October 1985) (Part 5)||Begins: 1985 Apr 15||Ends: 1985 Oct 15||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 398|
|PREM19/2779||National Health (Expenditure and efficiency in the National Health Service: community care) (Part 22)||Begins: 1989 Jul 5||Ends: 1989 Oct 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 398|
|PREM19/3249||Defence (Future UK defence policy) (Part 5)||Begins: 1990 Aug 9||Ends: 1991 Jan 28||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 6||File classification: Secret||Pages: 399|
|PREM19/1161||Manpower (Measures to counter unemployment) (Part 9)||Begins: 1983 Feb 1||Ends: 1983 Jun 30||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 400|
|PREM19/2090||Economic Policy (G7 Summit - Venice, June 1987) (Part 23)||Begins: 1987 Jun 1||Ends: 1988 Feb 17||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Secret||Pages: 401|
|PREM19/1507||Germany (Visit to UK by Helmut Kohl, West German Chancellor, May 1985: Anglo-German Summit in London, November 1985; meetings with Prime Minister) (Part 9)||Begins: 1985 Jan 18||Ends: 1985 Nov 29||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 401|
|PREM19/1480||European Policy (European Community Budget: developments in the European Community) (Part 30)||Begins: 1985 Jun 6||Ends: 1985 Nov 29||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 401|
|PREM19/2308||Local Government (Future of the rating system; rating revaluation; Community Charge) (Part 9)||Begins: 1987 Nov 13||Ends: 1988 Mar 31||Date of release: 2016 Feb 19||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Secret||Pages: 402|
|PREM19/1361||Prime Minister tours abroad (G7 Summit - London; 40th anniversary of D-Day: administrative arrangements) (Part 1)||Begins: 1982 Nov 26||Ends: 1984 May 31||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||Any docs withheld? 31||File classification: Secret||Pages: 403|
|PREM19/2593||Broadcasting (Broadcasting policy) (Part 7)||Begins: 1988 Oct 3||Ends: 1989 Apr 27||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 403|
|PREM19/1306||Local government (Relations with central government, organisation & finance) (Part 21)||Begins: 1984 Jun 1||Ends: 1984 Jul 31||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 403|
|PREM19/1056||Hong Kong (Future of Hong Kong) (Part 7)||Begins: 1983 Jul 1||Ends: 1983 Aug 31||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 403|