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|
|PREM19/2796||Parliament (Boundary Commission reviews of Parliamentary constituencies in Wales and the UK) (Part 2)||Begins: 1986 Jul 11||Ends: 1989 Jan 18||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Temporarily retained by Department|
|PREM19/2797||Philippines (Proposed state visit by President Marcos: possible visit of President Aquino)||Begins: 1983 Feb 7||Ends: 1989 Dec 13||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/1983||Trade (Government purchasing policy and the 'Buy British' policy; Prime Minister's 'Better Made in Britain' seminar, 25 February 1986) (Part 3)||Begins: 1986 Feb 3||Ends: 1986 Mar 20||Date of release: 2016 Feb 19|
|PREM19/2649||Education (Violence and discipline in schools)||Begins: 1987 Nov 30||Ends: 1989 Mar 13||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/1459||Economic policy (Policy towards privatisation: disposal of public sector assets; contracting out of public sector functions) (Part 11||Begins: 1984 Aug 2||Ends: 1985 Mar 27||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4299||Middle East (Arms sales and military assistance to Middle East countries) (Part 5)||Begins: 1990 Nov 1||Ends: 1993 Feb 25||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/2378||Parliament (Legislative programme) (Part 16)||Begins: 1987 Feb 2||Ends: 1987 Oct 29||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21|
|PREM19/364||Security (Policy on interception) (Part 2)||Begins: 1980 Mar 21||Ends: 1980 Apr 11||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Unknown|
|PREM19/2508||Security (Security of the Secret Services: Chapman Pincher's book 'Their Trade is Treachery'; Peter Wright case) (Part 9)||Begins: 1987 Sep 23||Ends: 1987 Oct 30||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Temporarily retained by Department|
|PREM19/4488||Trinidad and Tobago (UK/Trinidad and Tobago relations: internal situation) (Part 1)||Begins: 1981 Nov 13||Ends: 1993 May 27||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/2199||Government Machinery (Special advisers; appointment procedure) (Part 3)||Begins: 1984 Jan 12||Ends: 1987 Jun 29||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Temporarily retained by Department|
|PREM19/4200||Home Affairs (London taxi fares)||Begins: 1979 Jun 1||Ends: 1993 Mar 26||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/2838||Scotland (Scottish High Court judges: possible homosexual scandal)||Begins: 1989 Dec 22||Ends: 1989 Dec 22||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2022||Bermuda (UK/Bermuda relations; meetings with John Swan, Premier of Bermuda) (Part 1)||Begins: 1982 May 21||Ends: 1987 Jun 26||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21|
|PREM19/3549||Soviet Union (Trade relations: controls on strategic exports) (Part 4)||Begins: 1986 Dec 1||Ends: 1991 Jan 28||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|