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|
|PREM19/2577||Prime Minister (Personal correspondence with Princess Margaret)||Begins: 1980 Jan 9||Ends: 1980 Feb 7||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/1103||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meeting with Alexander Solzhenitsyn: record of meeting)||Begins: 1983 May 6||Ends: 1983 May 12||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 15|
|PREM19/1613||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meeting with Conservative Friends of Israel)||Begins: 1985 Jun 19||Ends: 1985 Oct 9||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 29|
|PREM19/2809||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meetings and correspondence with Jack Peel (Director of Industrial Relations at the European Commission until March 1981)) (Part 1)||Begins: 1980 Jan 1||Ends: 1989 Sep 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2810||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meetings with Lord Young: Enterprise Unit)||Begins: 1984 Jun 1||Ends: 1989 Feb 6||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/1612||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meetings with Robert Kilroy-Silk MP about proposed redundancies in Knowsley area)||Begins: 1984 Jan 24||Ends: 1985 Feb 11||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 55|
|PREM19/2801||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meetings with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM))||Begins: 1986 Sep 5||Ends: 1990 Jan 9||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2802||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's term of office: Mrs Thatcher's 10th anniversary as Prime Minister)||Begins: 1987 Sep 9||Ends: 1989 May 3||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/1112||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's visit to Falklands, Jan 1983) (Part 1)||Begins: 1982 Aug 10||Ends: 1983 Jan 12||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 197|
|PREM19/1113||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's visit to Falklands, Jan 1983) (Part 2)||Begins: 1983 Jan 10||Ends: 1983 Mar 29||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||Any docs withheld? 5||File classification: Secret||Pages: 153|
|PREM19/1889||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's weekly diary meeting)||Begins: 1979 May 21||Ends: 1986 Jun 30||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||Any docs withheld? 1|
|PREM19/339||Prime Minister (Prime Minister’s visit to Dublin, December 1980: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1980 Sep 11||Ends: 1980 Dec 19||Date of release: 2010 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 58|
|PREM19/2399||Prime Minister (Proposal for a Margaret Thatcher Chair of International Relations)||Begins: 1987 Oct 12||Ends: 1988 Jun 23||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21|
|PREM19/2397||Prime Minister (Request by Electronic Data Systems to employ Mark Thatcher)||Begins: 1987 Feb 1||Ends: 1987 Feb 23||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Temporarily retained by Department|
|PREM19/1901||Prime Minister (Tam Dalyell's motion on conduct of Prime Minister)||Begins: 1986 Jun 4||Ends: 1986 Jun 5||Date of release: 2016 Feb 19|