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|
|PREM19/1697||Defence (Defence sales) (Part 7)||Begins: 1986 Aug 1||Ends: 1986 Dec 24||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4755||Iceland (UK/Iceland relations: internal situations) (Part 1)||Begins: 1980 Feb 21||Ends: 1994 Feb 17||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3949||Social Services (Portable pensions for mobility of labour: retirement provisions)||Begins: 1988 Dec 1||Ends: 1992 Jun 24||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/4040||Commonwealth (Commonwealth Parliamentary Association: annual conference)||Begins: 1983 Jul 14||Ends: 1993 Apr 16||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/2826||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Prime Minister's visit to the NATO Summit, Brussels, May 1989: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1989 Apr 6||Ends: 1989 Jun 2||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/3588||USA (Visit of William Casey, Director of Central Intelligence in Washington, and his successors)||Begins: 1981 Feb 12||Ends: 1991 Nov 25||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/4329||NATO (NATO policy) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Apr 10||Ends: 1993 Oct 12||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3749||European Policy (Prime Minister's meeting with Sir James Scott-Hopkins, leader of European Conservative Group in European Parliament: meetings with the European Democratic Group of MEPs) (Part 3)||Begins: 1988 Feb 1||Ends: 1992 Sep 21||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/2499||Security (RAF fixed telecommunications system)||Begins: 1988 Mar 29||Ends: 1988 Jul 21||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Retained Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/4460||Sweden (UK/Swedish relations: internal situation) (Part 1)||Begins: 1981 May 12||Ends: 1993 May 7||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/2980||European Policy (Special European Council meeting, Dublin, April 1990; European Council meeting, Dublin, June 1990) (Part 36A)||Begins: 1990 Feb 16||Ends: 1990 Jul 13||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2156||European Policy (European Council meeting, Brussels, June 1987) (Part 26)||Begins: 1986 May 1||Ends: 1987 Jul 1||Date of release: 2019 Jul 18|
|PREM19/1631||Security (Security vetting: guidelines for Private Office posts)||Begins: 1983 Jun 23||Ends: 1985 Jan 21||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4143||European Policy (Aligning of summertime dates in the Community) (Part 1)||Begins: 1980 May 3||Ends: 1993 Sep 22||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/1996||United Nations (United Nations financial crisis)||Begins: 1986 Mar 7||Ends: 1986 Apr 28||Date of release: 2015 Dec 30|