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|
|PREM19/4873||Parliament (The Speaker's overseas travel plans) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Jul 31||Ends: 1994 Mar 24||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3947||Security (Review of the use of vetting)||Begins: 1979 Nov 21||Ends: 1992 Sep 17||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/2538||Soviet Union (UK/Soviet relations; internal situation) (Part 6)||Begins: 1986 Jun 2||Ends: 1987 Jan 30||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Temporarily retained by Department|
|PREM19/1592||Papua New Guinea (Visits to UK by Prime Ministers Sir Julius Chan, May 1981, and Michael Somare, April 1985: meetings with Prime Minister)||Begins: 1981 Apr 2||Ends: 1985 Apr 24||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4010||Bahamas (Internal situation/relations) (Part 1)||Begins: 1982 Jun 16||Ends: 1993 Feb 2||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/2277||Ireland (Situation in Northern Ireland: force levels) (Part 23)||Begins: 1987 Nov 1||Ends: 1988 Mar 31||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/1020||European policy (European Community budget) (Part 19)||Begins: 1982 Nov 4||Ends: 1983 Jan 31||Date of release: 2019 Jan 1||File classification: Unknown|
|PREM19/3002||Germany (Internal situation in East Germany: policy towards German reunification) (Part 5)||Begins: 1990 Sep 5||Ends: 1990 Nov 23||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3584||United Nations (Visits to UK by UN Secretary-General, Javier Perez de Cuellar) (Part 3)||Begins: 1988 Nov 1||Ends: 1991 Jan 30||Date of release: Date of release: Retained under Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/2877||Thailand (UK/Thailand relations: visits to UK by Prime Minister, General Prem Tinsulanonda)||Begins: 1982 Mar 16||Ends: 1989 Dec 7||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/2896||Disasters (Fire at King's Cross Underground Station, 18 November 1989)||Begins: 1987 Nov 19||Ends: 1989 Jul 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4363||Prime Minister (Request from Mr Seymour Reich, President of B'nai B'rith International, for a meeting with the Prime Minister: Middle East peace process and Soviet Jewry)||Begins: 1989 Jul 31||Ends: 1992 Nov 10||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/2075||Disasters (Sinking of Townsend Thoresen ferry Herald of Free Enterprise at Zeebrugge, 6 March 1987)||Begins: 1987 Mar 6||Ends: 1988 Feb 9||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||Any docs withheld? 6|
|PREM19/2718||Home Affairs (Government support for voluntary bodies) (Part 1)||Begins: 1985 Mar 11||Ends: 1989 Jul 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4737||Home Affairs (Juvenile offenders) (Part 1)||Begins: 1980 Jun 2||Ends: 1994 Jan 31||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|