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|
|PREM19/1580||Nationalised industries (Coal mines) (Part 17)||Begins: 1985 Mar 1||Ends: 1985 May 31||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 372|
|PREM19/1265||Hong Kong (Future of Hong Kong) (Part 14)||Begins: 1984 May 1||Ends: 1984 Jun 30||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||Any docs withheld? 9||File classification: Secret UK eyes||Pages: 373|
|PREM19/966||Civil service (Annual scrutiny of departmental running costs) (Part 2)||Begins: 1981 Aug 19||Ends: 1983 Sep 19||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 373|
|PREM19/1315||Middle East (Arms sales and military assistance to Middle Eastern countries) (Part 3)||Begins: 1982 Oct 13||Ends: 1984 Oct 22||Date of release: 2014 Sep 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 375|
|PREM19/3086||Middle East (Situation in the Middle East: Iraqi invasion of Kuwait) (Part 33)||Begins: 1990 Nov 1||Ends: 1990 Nov 17||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 8||File classification: Top Secret - Cab One||Pages: 375|
|PREM19/1581||Nationalised industries (Coal mines) (Part 18)||Begins: 1985 Jun 3||Ends: 1985 Nov 29||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 375|
|PREM19/2676||European Policy (European Monetary System (EMS)) (Part 4)||Begins: 1989 Mar 1||Ends: 1989 Aug 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 376|
|PREM19/1194||Economic policy (Public Spending) (Part 30)||Begins: 1984 Nov 6||Ends: 1984 Dec 14||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 376|
|PREM19/1565||Local Government (Future of the rating system: alternatives to domestic rates; rate limitation White Paper; rates in Scotland; Community Charge) (Part 3)||Begins: 1983 Jul 4||Ends: 1985 Dec 31||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 376|
|PREM19/174||Economic policy (Strategy) (Part 7)||Begins: 1980 Sep 19||Ends: 1980 Dec 31||Date of release: 2010 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 377|
|PREM19/3844||Local Government (Planning controls: Planning and Compensation Bill; Sainsbury Group on Planning Issues; planning policies and the South East) (Part 8)||Begins: 1990 Aug 6||Ends: 1992 Jun 18||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 377|
|PREM19/3713||European Policy (Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)) (Part 20)||Begins: 1990 Jul 18||Ends: 1992 Dec 31||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 5||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 378|
|PREM19/1391||South Africa (Internal situation; relations with UK) (Part 3)||Begins: 1982 Dec 9||Ends: 1984 Sep 30||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||Any docs withheld? 18||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 379|
|PREM19/1578||Nationalised industries (Coal mines) (Part 15)||Begins: 1984 Nov 21||Ends: 1985 Jan 18||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 379|
|PREM19/3757||Fishing Industry (EEC Common Fisheries Policy: proposed decommissioning scheme for the UK fishing industry) (Part 6)||Begins: 1985 Jul 3||Ends: 1992 Jun 25||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 379|