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|
|PREM19/1561||Local Government (Relations with central government, organisation & finance; Community Charge) (Part 27)||Begins: 1985 Jun 3||Ends: 1985 Jul 31||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 380|
|PREM19/2312||Local Government (Water industry: structural change; privatisation of the water authorities) (Part 5)||Begins: 1987 Jul 2||Ends: 1988 Nov 25||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 380|
|PREM19/2208||Government Machinery (Rayner Scrutiny programme: promotion of efficiency and elimination of waste)(Part 28)||Begins: 1988 Aug 5||Ends: 1988 Nov 29||Date of release: 2015 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential and Personal||Pages: 380|
|PREM19/3198||Transport (Policy on roads: private finance for roads; traffic and parking in London) (Part 4)||Begins: 1988 Aug 9||Ends: 1989 Dec 15||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 380|
|PREM19/1220||European policy (Presidency of European Commission; UK Commissioners; official posts in Commission) (Part 2)||Begins: 1984 Mar 14||Ends: 1984 Dec 31||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 380|
|PREM19/3291||Economic Policy (Speeches by the Governor and Deputy Governor of the Bank of England) (Part 3)||Begins: 1986 Oct 16||Ends: 1991 Jul 2||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 381|
|PREM19/3117||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meetings with Hartley Booth and Lew Wasserman: British Urban Development Ltd; proposed MCA theme park and film studio project at Rainham, Essex)||Begins: 1989 May 15||Ends: 1990 May 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 381|
|PREM19/2984||European Policy (European Monetary System (EMS): economic and monetary union) (Part 8)||Begins: 1990 Jul 1||Ends: 1990 Oct 31||Date of release: 2018 Jun 5||Any docs withheld? 4||File classification: Secret||Pages: 381|
|PREM19/1579||Nationalised industries (Coal mines) (Part 16)||Begins: 1985 Jan 21||Ends: 1985 Feb 28||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 382|
|PREM19/107||Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 2)||Begins: 1979 Jun 1||Ends: 1979 Jul 4||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 382|
|PREM19/2983||European Policy (European Monetary System (EMS): economic and monetary union) (Part 7)||Begins: 1990 May 1||Ends: 1990 Jun 27||Date of release: 2018 Jun 5||File classification: Secret||Pages: 382|
|PREM19/1471||Education (Teachers’ pay) (Part 3)||Begins: 1982 Apr 1||Ends: 1985 Jan 30||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 382|
|PREM19/837||Manpower (Measures to counter unemployment; Central Policy Review Staff (CPRS) Unemployment Study) (Part 6)||Begins: 1981 Nov 2||Ends: 1982 Mar 30||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 382|
|PREM19/1420||Argentina (Falklands) (Part 39)||Begins: 1984 Nov 1||Ends: 1985 Apr 25||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 4||File classification: Secret||Pages: 383|
|PREM19/2087||Economic Policy (Domestic monetary policy) (Part 19)||Begins: 1988 Jul 1||Ends: 1988 Oct 28||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 383|