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|
|PREM19/3261||Defence (Intelligence gathering operations) (Part 5)||Begins: 1989 Jul 1||Ends: 1991 Oct 24||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/2595||Broadcasting (Broadcasting policy: Broadcasting Bill) (Part 9)||Begins: 1989 Jul 3||Ends: 1989 Oct 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 6||File classification: Secret||Pages: 285|
|PREM19/4722||Home Affairs (Data protection: computer hacking) (Part 3)||Begins: 1989 Jul 3||Ends: 1994 Dec 20||Date of release: 2019 Feb 6|
|PREM19/2645||Education (General policy on education) (Part 22)||Begins: 1989 Jul 3||Ends: 1989 Dec 19||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3032||Housing (Housing policy: homelessness) (Part 16)||Begins: 1989 Jul 3||Ends: 1990 Jun 22||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/2659||Environmental Affairs (Benson Building, Islington) (Part 12)||Begins: 1989 Jul 3||Ends: 1989 Jul 18||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 5|
|PREM19/2708||Government Machinery (Rayner Scrutiny programme: promotion of efficiency and elimination of waste; value for money seminars; Next Steps initiative) (Part 31)||Begins: 1989 Jul 3||Ends: 1989 Oct 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 384|
|PREM19/2991||Food (Food safety) (Part 3)||Begins: 1989 Jul 3||Ends: 1990 Apr 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2836||Science and Technology (Maintaining the strength of the science base: the science budget) (Part 9)||Begins: 1989 Jul 4||Ends: 1989 Dec 22||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2937||Defence (Prime Ministers seminar on defence questions, Chequers, 30 September 1989)||Begins: 1989 Jul 4||Ends: 1990 Jan 8||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2779||National Health (Expenditure and efficiency in the National Health Service: community care) (Part 22)||Begins: 1989 Jul 5||Ends: 1989 Oct 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 398|
|PREM19/3594||Economic Policy (Indebtedness of various countries: Treasury reports on international debt) (Part 8)||Begins: 1989 Jul 7||Ends: 1991 Oct 31||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 560|
|PREM19/2634||Economic Policy (G7 Summit - Paris, July 1989) (Part 28) [filed out of sequence; for Part 27 see PREM19/3277]||Begins: 1989 Jul 10||Ends: 1989 Jul 28||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 333|
|PREM19/3378||Home Affairs (Government support for voluntary bodies) (Part 2)||Begins: 1989 Jul 10||Ends: 1991 Oct 17||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 265|
|PREM19/3590||Vietnam (Vietnamese refugees) (Part 5)||Begins: 1989 Jul 12||Ends: 1991 Oct 30||Date of release: 2032 Jan 1|