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|
|PREM19/3865||NATO (Visits to the UK by the Secretary General of NATO)||Begins: 1979 Sep 27||Ends: 1992 Jun 3||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret Cab One||Pages: 160|
|PREM19/3866||Netherlands (Visits to the UK by Ruud Lubbers, Dutch Prime Minister) (Part 2)||Begins: 1986 Sep 11||Ends: 1992 Dec 23||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 253|
|PREM19/3867||Norway (Visits to the UK by Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Prime Minister) (Part 2)||Begins: 1987 Apr 10||Ends: 1992 Nov 25||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 173|
|PREM19/3868||Oman (State visit of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, March 1982: other visits by the Sultan)||Begins: 1989 Feb 1||Ends: 1992 Oct 27||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3869||Oman (Internal situation: UK/Oman relations) (Part 3)||Begins: 1989 Feb 1||Ends: 1992 Oct 27||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3871||Pakistan (Internal situation: UK/Pakistan relations) (Part 2)||Begins: 1987 Aug 1||Ends: 1992 Oct 27||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3872||Pakistan (Visit to the UK by President Zia-ul-Haq)||Begins: 1980 Sep 1||Ends: 1992 May 25||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3873||Parliament (Cost of Parliamentary questions)||Begins: 1982 Jul 15||Ends: 1992 Jan 15||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 23|
|PREM19/3877||Parliament (Forthcoming Parliamentary affairs) (Part 4)||Begins: 1980 Sep 1||Ends: 1992 May 25||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29|
|PREM19/3878||Parliament (Pay and pensions of the Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Speaker) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Jun 29||Ends: 1992 Apr 3||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 342|
|PREM19/3879||Parliament (Queen's Speeches on prorogation and opening of Parliament: televising the proceedings of the House of Commons) (Part 10)||Begins: 1980 Aug 1||Ends: 1992 Mar 25||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3880||Parliament (Review of electoral law and procedures: Representation of the People Bills)||Begins: 1981 Nov 11||Ends: 1992 Mar 12||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 365|
|PREM19/3881||Peru (Internal situation: UK/Peru relations; visits of the Peruvian Speaker (Luis Percovich), Mario Vargas Llosa and President Fujimori)||Begins: 1980 Jul 2||Ends: 1992 May 18||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 97|
|PREM19/3889||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meetings with Baroness Faithfull)||Begins: 1986 Aug 29||Ends: 1992 Feb 14||Date of release: 2019 Jul 18|
|PREM19/3890||Prime Minister (Prime Minister John Major's meetings with Margaret Thatcher)||Begins: 1990 Dec 26||Ends: 1992 Feb 5||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 19|