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|
|PREM19/3803||India (Visits of Indian Ministers of Finance: Pranab Mukherjee's meeting with the Prime Minister, September 1982) (Part 1)||Begins: 1982 Aug 19||Ends: 1992 Sep 1||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 22|
|PREM19/3804||Industrial Policy (British Technology Group (BTG): compendium; privatisation) (Part 3)||Begins: 1989 Feb 1||Ends: 1992 Mar 10||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 129|
|PREM19/3805||Industrial Policy (Future of Rover Group) (Part 17)||Begins: 1990 Apr 1||Ends: 1992 Mar 11||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3806||Industrial Policy (Ports: national dock strike in 1989; privatisation of Trust Ports) (Part 6)||Begins: 1989 Jun 1||Ends: 1992 Mar 10||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 310|
|PREM19/3808||Industrial Policy (Prime Minister's meetings with the Trades Union Congress (TUC) on policy for inner cities (September 1981) and with the Scottish TUC (September 1982): consultations with trade unions) (Part 3)||Begins: 1981 Aug 24||Ends: 1992 Apr 16||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 122|
|PREM19/3809||Industrial Policy (Microelectronics industry: Inmos Ltd (INMOS)) (Part 3)||Begins: 1984 Apr 20||Ends: 1992 Dec 7||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3810||Industrial Policy (Short Brothers plc: sale to Bombardier; launch aid application for Learjet 45 project) (Part 3)||Begins: 1989 Apr 18||Ends: 1992 Dec 4||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 93|
|PREM19/3815||Iraq (Exports to Iraq (Scott Inquiry)) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Oct 18||Ends: 1992 Nov 19||Date of release: Date of release: Retained under Sec 3.4 (reconsideration in 2021)|
|PREM19/3824||Ireland (Brian Nelson: public interest issues and protection of intelligence sources and methods)||Begins: 1990 Sep 1||Ends: 1992 Dec 14||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3825||Ireland (Prime Minister's visits to Northern Ireland) (Part 6)||Begins: 1990 Oct 1||Ends: 1992 Feb 6||Date of release: Date of release: 2028||File classification: Retained Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/3827||Israel (Visits to the UK by Israeli Foreign Ministers)||Begins: 1986 Sep 15||Ends: 1992 Sep 8||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 8||File classification: Secret||Pages: 179|
|PREM19/3828||Israel (Internal situation: UK/Israel relations) (Part 2)||Begins: 1986 Feb 4||Ends: 1992 Jul 23||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 4||File classification: Secret||Pages: 426|
|PREM19/3829||Israel (Visits to the UK by Israeli Prime Ministers, Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Oct 1||Ends: 1992 Dec 16||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 88|
|PREM19/3830||Jamaica (Visit to the UK by Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica, October 1979)||Begins: 1979 Jun 19||Ends: 1992 Jun 25||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 39|
|PREM19/3834||Japan (Visits to the UK by Japanese Ministers)||Begins: 1981 May 26||Ends: 1992 May 15||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 103|