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|
|PREM19/3348||France (Visits to UK by President Mitterrand) (Part 7)||Begins: 1989 Sep 1||Ends: 1991 Dec 6||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 14||File classification: Secret UK Eyes A||Pages: 230|
|PREM19/2799||Poland (UK/Polish relations: internal situation; economic assistance) (Part 11)||Begins: 1989 Sep 1||Ends: 1989 Dec 27||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 6||File classification: Top Secret Cab One||Pages: 430|
|PREM19/3367||Government Machinery (Forthcoming announcements and publications) (Part 5)||Begins: 1989 Sep 1||Ends: 1991 Jul 22||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 255|
|PREM19/2738||Industrial Policy (Research and development, including European Community framework programme for research and development) (Part 7)||Begins: 1989 Sep 1||Ends: 1989 Dec 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2997||Germany (Anglo-German relations) (Part 5)||Begins: 1989 Sep 1||Ends: 1990 Sep 13||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2821||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Prime Minister's visit to Strasbourg for European Council meeting, December 1989: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1989 Sep 3||Ends: 1989 Dec 12||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 5||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 85|
|PREM19/3780||Government Machinery (Special Political Advisers: appointments) (Part 5)||Begins: 1989 Sep 4||Ends: 1992 Apr 30||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 26||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 344|
|PREM19/4240||India (UK/Indian relations) (Part 7)||Begins: 1989 Sep 4||Ends: 1993 Apr 13||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/3062||Local Government (Corre from Sir John Sainsbury on planning controls; general planning inquiries; future of development plans; Planning Bill) (Part 7)||Begins: 1989 Sep 4||Ends: 1990 Jul 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 320|
|PREM19/3846||Local Government (Water industry: structural change; privatisation of the water authorities; consultation paper 'Using Water Wisely') (Part 7)||Begins: 1989 Sep 4||Ends: 1992 Nov 23||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 408|
|PREM19/2861||South Africa (Internal situation: relations with UK) (Part 20)||Begins: 1989 Sep 4||Ends: 1989 Oct 30||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Secret||Pages: 267|
|PREM19/3232||Cars (Use of the Government Car Service) (Part 2)||Begins: 1989 Sep 5||Ends: 1991 Dec 17||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 4||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 175|
|PREM19/2943||Economic Policy (Domestic monetary policy) (Part 21)||Begins: 1989 Sep 5||Ends: 1990 Apr 23||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 441|
|PREM19/3128||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meetings with Nicholas Ridley, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry)||Begins: 1989 Sep 5||Ends: 1990 May 21||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 15|
|PREM19/3394||Industrial Policy (Industrial relations legislation: strikes in essential services; Green Paper 'Industrial Relations in the 1990s') (Part 16)||Begins: 1989 Sep 6||Ends: 1991 Nov 25||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 361|