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|
|PREM19/1536||(UK/Indian relations: situation in Punjab; activities of Sikh extremists; proposed visit to UK by Rajiv Gandhi in June 1985) (Part 4)||Begins: 1983 Mar 4||Ends: 1985 May 22||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 404|
|PREM19/2869||Soviet Union (Visit to the UK by President Gorbachev, 5-7 April 1989) (Part 4)||Begins: 1989 Apr 2||Ends: 1989 May 3||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 404|
|PREM19/2238||Housing (Housing policy) (Part 12)||Begins: 1988 May 3||Ends: 1988 Jul 29||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Secret||Pages: 404|
|PREM19/3784||Government Machinery (Machinery of government changes) (Part 8)||Begins: 1990 Jul 2||Ends: 1992 Feb 28||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 404|
|PREM19/1562||Local Government (Relations with central government, organisation & finance; Community Charge) (Part 28)||Begins: 1985 Aug 1||Ends: 1985 Nov 29||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 404|
|PREM19/3465||Nationalised Industries (Policy towards the nationalised industries: financial control) (Part 11)||Begins: 1986 Jun 2||Ends: 1991 Feb 8||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 404|
|PREM19/2124||Education (General policy on education and education expenditure: Education Reform Bill; education in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland; financial delegation; grant maintained schools; national curriculum; future of Paisley Grammar School; charges forschool activities; opting out of Local Education Authority (LEA) control; religious education) (Part 17)||Begins: 1988 Jan 7||Ends: 1988 Mar 30||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 405|
|PREM19/2481||Scotland (Regional policy: industrial policy; draft White Paper on Scottish Enterprise) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Nov 25||Ends: 1988 Nov 30||Date of release: 2016 Nov 7||File classification: Secret||Pages: 405|
|PREM19/1422||Broadcasting (Television licence fees: finances of BBC; pay in the BBC; review of external services) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Jul 6||Ends: 1985 Mar 28||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 407|
|PREM19/51||European policy (European Council, Strasbourg June 1979) Part 01||Begins: 1979 May 30||Ends: 1979 Jun 27||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 407|
|PREM19/2525||South Africa (Internal situation: relations with UK) (Part 15)||Begins: 1987 Sep 2||Ends: 1988 May 26||Date of release: 2016 Nov 7||Any docs withheld? 14||File classification: Secret||Pages: 408|
|PREM19/3846||Local Government (Water industry: structural change; privatisation of the water authorities; consultation paper 'Using Water Wisely') (Part 7)||Begins: 1989 Sep 4||Ends: 1992 Nov 23||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 408|
|PREM19/2070||Defence (Procurement of weapon systems: European Fighter Aircraft (EFA)) (Part 5)||Begins: 1987 Jan 6||Ends: 1988 Mar 31||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Secret UK Eyes A||Pages: 409|
|PREM19/2350||National Health (Seminars on health and social security matters: NHS Review) (Part 3)||Begins: 1988 Mar 2||Ends: 1988 May 23||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Secret||Pages: 410|
|PREM19/1654||USA (Economic situation in the United States) (Part 2)||Begins: 1982 Oct 12||Ends: 1985 Feb 28||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 411|