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|
|PREM19/3970||United Nations (International Year of the Child 1979: World Summit for Children, September 1990)||Begins: 1979 May 25||Ends: 1992 Feb 14||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 185|
|PREM19/2534||Soviet Union (Soviet military expenditure and capabilities)||Begins: 1979 May 24||Ends: 1988 Dec 7||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 5||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 218|
|PREM19/3244||Commonwealth (Meetings with the Commonwealth Secretary-General) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 24||Ends: 1991 Aug 28||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 8||File classification: Secret||Pages: 281|
|PREM19/46||Energy (Offshore Supplies Interest Relief Grants Scheme)||Begins: 1979 May 24||Ends: 1979 Sep 20||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 41|
|PREM19/129||Vietnam (Vietnamese boat people) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 24||Ends: 1979 Jun 14||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 309|
|PREM19/67||India (Call on MT by Deputy PM Ram)||Begins: 1979 May 24||Ends: 1979 Jun 12||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 18|
|PREM19/2518||Singapore (Relations with UK: visits by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew; meetings with Prime Minister) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 24||Ends: 1988 Mar 8||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 280|
|PREM19/105||Regional policy (Review of policy, creation of Enterprize Zones)||Begins: 1979 May 24||Ends: 1979 Nov 5||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 163|
|PREM19/269||Industrial policy (Micro-electronics industry; support for Inmos Ltd (INMOS)) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 24||Ends: 1980 Apr 30||Date of release: 2010 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 137|
|PREM19/143||Canada (UK/Canadian relations: patriation of the Canadian constitution) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 23||Ends: 1980 Nov 6||Date of release: 2010 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 248|
|PREM19/4330||NATO (Prime Minister's meetings with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe) (SACEUR)||Begins: 1979 May 23||Ends: 1993 Oct 27||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/940||United Nations (Visits to UK by Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim: meetings with Prime Minister) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 23||Ends: 1981 May 13||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Secret||Pages: 293|
|PREM19/926||Soviet Union (Relations between the UK and Soviet Union) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 23||Ends: 1982 Apr 5||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 214|
|PREM19/2468||Royal Family (Career of the Duke of Kent: possibility of his taking on an unpaid non-executive board appointment in the public sector)||Begins: 1979 May 23||Ends: 1987 Apr 9||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Retained Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/1856||National Health (Private Medical Care)||Begins: 1979 May 22||Ends: 1986 Feb 17||Date of release: 2015 Dec 30|