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|
|PREM19/4549||Education (Financing of student unions)||Begins: 1980 Feb 4||Ends: 1994 Feb 23||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3329||Ex-Prime Ministers (Policy on requests by former Prime Ministers for access to papers from their administration) (Part 1)||Begins: 1974 Apr 1||Ends: 1991 Jan 24||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/2960||Education (Tuition fees for overseas students)||Begins: 1980 Jun 4||Ends: 1990 Aug 2||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4033||Civil Service (Property Services Agency restructuring: Wardall Enquiry) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Aug 3||Ends: 1993 Jun 23||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|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|
|PREM19/2834||St Christopher and Nevis (Relations with UK; independence; internal situation) (Part 1)||Begins: 1981 Mar 4||Ends: 1989 Mar 30||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/2638||Economic Policy (VAT zero rates: infraction proceedings; European Court of Justice judgment) (Part 1)||Begins: 1982 Feb 12||Ends: 1989 Feb 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4162||Germany (Internal situation in the Federal Republic of Germany) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Apr 1||Ends: 1993 Feb 28||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/2498||Security (Threat of unauthorised disclosure by former employee of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ))||Begins: 1987 Feb 6||Ends: 1987 Mar 20||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Temporarily retained by Department|
|PREM19/4442||Social Services (Summary of Health and Personal Social Services Accounts, 1979-1980 and 1980-1981: includes correspondence and the consultation document on the Social Work Services Inspectorate in Scotland, 1993)||Begins: 1981 Mar 13||Ends: 1993 Mar 30||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|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|
|PREM19/2150||European Policy (Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)) (Part 18)||Begins: 1987 Oct 1||Ends: 1988 Mar 30||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21|
|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|