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|
|PREM19/3980||USA (Visits to the UK by US Secretaries of Defense, Frank Carlucci and Dick Cheney) (Part 2)||Begins: 1986 Nov 17||Ends: 1992 Sep 21||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 107|
|PREM19/3981||USA (Visit to the UK by George Shultz, US Secretary of State) (Part 2)||Begins: 1987 Dec 1||Ends: 1992 May 25||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3982||USA (Visits to the UK by Vice Presidents of the USA, George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle) (Part 2)||Begins: 1987 Aug 11||Ends: 1992 Feb 14||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 247|
|PREM19/3983||USA (Calls on the Prime Minister by British Ambassadors to Washington)||Begins: 1979 Jun 21||Ends: 1992 Apr 30||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 49|
|PREM19/3984||USA (United States nuclear defence strategy: US defence policy)||Begins: 1980 Aug 6||Ends: 1992 May 28||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3985||USA (Visits to the UK by US trade representatives)||Begins: 1980 Jan 23||Ends: 1991 Jun 7||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Restricted||Pages: 9|
|PREM19/3986||USA (Visits to the UK by Richard Nixon)||Begins: 1980 Apr 9||Ends: 1992 May 18||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 11|
|PREM19/3987||Vatican (UK/Vatican relations: internal situation)||Begins: 1980 Oct 27||Ends: 1992 Dec 11||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 144|
|PREM19/3988||Yugoslavia (Visit to the UK by the President (Speaker) of the Yugoslav Federal Assembly (1982); visit of Milan Panic, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, July 1992)||Begins: 1981 Nov 1||Ends: 1992 Jul 29||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 25|
|PREM19/3989||Yugoslavia (Internal situation: UK/Yugoslavia relations) (Part 2)||Begins: 1988 Oct 21||Ends: 1991 Oct 31||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/4003||Agriculture (Retail food price index) (Part 2)||Begins: 1987 Aug 5||Ends: 1993 Mar 3||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/4006||Argentina (Internal situation/relations) (Part 44)||Begins: 1990 Jan 30||Ends: 1993 May 27||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/4007||Argentina (Defence of the Falkland Islands after repossession) (Part 15)||Begins: 1986 Jul 4||Ends: 1993 Dec 20||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/4008||Armistice Day (The Prime Minister's attendance at the Remembrance Sunday Ceremony at the Cenotaph)||Begins: 1979 Sep 2||Ends: 1993 Sep 1||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/4009||Australia (UK/Australian relations: internal situation)(Part 3)||Begins: 1990 Jan 7||Ends: 1993 Jul 19||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|