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|
|PREM19/3891||Prime Minister (Briefing for new Prime Minister and spouse)||Begins: 1990 Nov 1||Ends: 1992 Feb 5||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3892||Prime Minister (Demise of a Prime Minister in office)||Begins: 1989 Jan 31||Ends: 1992 Oct 27||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3893||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meetings with the Cabinet Secretary) (Part 1)||Begins: 1984 Sep 1||Ends: 1992 Mar 9||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3910||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Invitations from various organisations in the USA) (Part 3)||Begins: 1986 Aug 11||Ends: 1992 Aug 10||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 147|
|PREM19/3912||Qatar (Visits to the UK by the Amir of Qatar) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Feb 1||Ends: 1992 Feb 10||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 4||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 75|
|PREM19/3917||Royal Family (Marriage and separation of Prince Andrew)||Begins: 1986 Mar 1||Ends: 1992 Mar 21||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3918||Royal Family (Marriage of Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer)||Begins: 1981 Jan 1||Ends: 1992 Jun 24||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3919||Royal Family (Marriages and divorces of various members of the Royal Family)||Begins: 1988 Mar 23||Ends: 1992 Jun 4||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 30|
|PREM19/3920||Royal Family (Precedence of Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Royal visits)||Begins: 1982 Dec 9||Ends: 1992 Jul 20||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 7||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 85|
|PREM19/3929||Saudi Arabia (UK/Saudi relations: internal situation) (Part 5)||Begins: 1990 Apr 6||Ends: 1992 Jun 29||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3930||Saudi Arabia (Calls on the Prime Minister by the Saudi Ambassador)||Begins: 1983 Jun 4||Ends: 1992 Sep 17||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 54|
|PREM19/3931||Saudi Arabia (Visits to the UK by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal)(Part 16)||Begins: 1982 Jun 7||Ends: 1992 Aug 3||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3934||Security (Appointment of successors to the Director General of the Secret Intelligence Service and Director General of the Security Service: Prime Minister's visit to the Security Service; Security Service accommodation)(Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jul 1||Ends: 1992 Jul 17||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/3936||Security (Intelligence Agencies (MI5 and MI6): meetings, visits, appointments)(Part 2)||Begins: 1989 Feb 14||Ends: 1992 Dec 21||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/3939||Security (Operational file)||Begins: 1990 Mar 15||Ends: 1992 Sep 18||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|