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|
|PREM19/2954||Education (General policy on education) (Part 23)||Begins: 1990 Jan 9||Ends: 1990 Feb 23||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2107||Economic Policy (Public sector pay policy; Treasury monitoring reports) (Part 13)||Begins: 1984 Oct 4||Ends: 1987 Jul 23||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21|
|PREM19/1606||Prime Minister (Radio profile of the Prime Minister by Hugo Young and Anne Sloman of BBC: discouragement of Civil Service participation)||Begins: 1985 Jan 23||Ends: 1985 Jan 31||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4021||Cabinet (Cabinet Committee structure and membership) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Oct 19||Ends: 1993 Nov 23||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/2128||Education (Teachers' pay) (Part 9)||Begins: 1986 Nov 3||Ends: 1987 Mar 30||Date of release: 2016 Feb 19|
|PREM19/1884||Parliament (Parliamentary Maritime Group: Prime Minister's meeting with Sir Edward du Cann, 8 July 1986)||Begins: 1985 Apr 25||Ends: 1986 Jul 8||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21|
|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|
|PREM19/1960||Social Services (Review of National Insurance position of the self-employed; assistance to small businesses; Prime Minister's meeting with National Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses Ltd)||Begins: 1980 May 15||Ends: 1986 Jan 19||Date of release: 2016 Feb 19|
|PREM19/1787||Home Affairs (Review of restrictions on shopping hours and Sunday trading: Shops Act 1950) (Part 1)||Begins: 1981 Nov 11||Ends: 1986 Dec 12||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4732||Home Affairs (Behaviour of British football fans abroad: football hooliganism; Football Spectators Bill; Taylor Report on the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster) (Part 9)||Begins: 1990 Feb 1||Ends: 1994 Jun 23||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/2493||Security (Links between Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and other terrorist organisations: People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine operations in London)||Begins: 1979 Sep 28||Ends: 1988 Mar 17||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Temporarily retained by Department|
|PREM19/4502||Vanuatu (UK/Vanuatu relations: internal situation) (Part 1)||Begins: 1980 Jul 29||Ends: 1993 Apr 27||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/2974||European Policy (European Community budget: developments in the European Community) (Part 44)||Begins: 1989 Nov 30||Ends: 1990 Feb 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2136||Energy (Energy policy: nuclear power; revision of report by Advisory Council on Science and Technology (ACOST) on industrial impact of Sizewell 'B' decision; extension of Joint European Torus (JET) project on nuclear fusion; disposal of UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) shareholding in National Nuclear Corporation; fast reactor programme) (Part 12)||Begins: 1987 Dec 1||Ends: 1988 May 24||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Temporarily retained by Department|
|PREM19/1625||Security (Policy on interception: legislation) (Part 4)||Begins: 1975 Oct 31||Ends: 1985 Jan 31||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|