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|
|PREM19/3761||Foreign Policy (Future inward and outward State visits: visits by members of the Royal Family) (Part 6)||Begins: 1990 Jan 1||Ends: 1992 Jan 31||Date of release: 2032 Jan 1|
|PREM19/1366||Royal family (Visit by the Queen to Liverpool, May 1984)||Begins: 1984 Mar 12||Ends: 1984 May 14||Date of release: 2032 Jan 1||File classification: Retained|
|PREM19/3564||Spain (Visits to the UK by Spanish Foreign Ministers)||Begins: 1981 Aug 17||Ends: 1991 May 8||Date of release: 2032 Jan 1|
|PREM19/3516||Royal Family (Civil List) (Part 6)||Begins: 1990 Jul 2||Ends: 1991 Dec 12||Date of release: 2032 Jan 1|
|PREM19/209||Energy (Offshore supplies interest relief grants scheme; report on irregular payments)||Begins: 1979 Sep 13||Ends: 1980 Jun 2||Date of release: 2034 Jan 1||File classification: Retained (personal information)|
|PREM19/3533||Security (Telephone scramblers installed in private homes: security of the private homes of No. 10 Downing Street staff)||Begins: 1981 Jan 14||Ends: 1991 Jan 30||Date of release: 2052 Jan 1|
|PREM19/3755||European Policy (European Commission: appointment of President, UK Commissioners and Secretariat; allocation of European Commission portfolios) (Part 4)||Begins: 1988 Sep 27||Ends: 1992 Jul 31||Date of release: 2053 Jan 1||File classification: Closed under FOI excemptions|
|PREM19/1524||Home Affairs (Monopolies and Mergers papers) (Part 1)||Begins: 1981 Dec 10||Ends: 1985 Dec 19||Date of release: 2054 Jan 1||File classification: FOI exemptions|
|PREM19/3515||Royal Family (Career of Prince Michael of Kent)||Begins: 1980 Feb 1||Ends: 1991 Sep 19||Date of release: 2058 Jan 1|
|PREM19/132||Zambia (Policy)||Begins: 1979 Jul 13||Ends: 1979 Jul 23||Date of release: Date of release: Closed|
|PREM19/2331||Morocco (UK/Moroccan relations: visit to UK by King Hassan) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Nov 27||Ends: 1987 Nov 27||Date of release: Date of release: Closed or retained|
|PREM19/583||Royal family (Form of memorial to Lord Mountbatten; erection of a statue) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Sep 19||Ends: 1981 May 29||Date of release: Date of release: Closed till 2022||File classification: Unknown|
|PREM19/584||Royal family (Future career of Prince of Wales)||Begins: 1979 May 31||Ends: 1981 Dec 21||Date of release: Date of release: Closed till 2022||File classification: Unknown|
|PREM19/863||Parliament (Queen's speeches on prorogation and opening of Parliament; televising the State Opening of Parliament) (Part 4)||Begins: 1981 Oct 26||Ends: 1982 Oct 26||Date of release: Date of release: Closed until 2023-01-01||File classification: Unknown|
|PREM19/1125||Royal family (Prince of Wales' article, 'Help for Self-Help', for publication in The Economist)||Begins: 1983 Mar 11||Ends: 1983 Mar 18||Date of release: Date of release: Closed until 2024-01-01||File classification: Unknown|