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|
|PREM19/3018||Government Machinery (Rayner Scrutiny Programme: promotion of efficiency and elimination of waste; value for money seminars; Next Steps initiative) (Part 33)||Begins: 1990 Mar 1||Ends: 1990 Mar 30||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/1899||Prime Minister (Meeting with Terry Lewis MP about Walkden Workshops)||Begins: 1986 Aug 18||Ends: 1986 Sep 23||Date of release: 2016 Feb 19|
|PREM19/2566||USA (Prime Minister's visit to Washington, July 1987) (Part 1)||Begins: 1987 Jun 12||Ends: 1987 Jul 23||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/4828||Mexico (Anglo-Mexican relations: internal situation in Mexico) (Part 2)||Begins: 1986 Aug 25||Ends: 1994 Dec 5||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3809||Industrial Policy (Microelectronics industry: Inmos Ltd (INMOS)) (Part 3)||Begins: 1984 Apr 20||Ends: 1992 Dec 7||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/1675||Australia (Visits of Australian Prime Ministers to London: Malcolm Fraser (February 1980 and July 1981) and Robert Hawke (June 1983 and April 1986); meetings with the Prime Minister) (Part 1)||Begins: 1980 Jan 21||Ends: 1986 Apr 22||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4758||Indonesia (UK/Indonesia relations: internal situation) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 1||Ends: 1994 Dec 31||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/2920||Canada (UK/Canadian relations) (Part 6)||Begins: 1985 Sep 5||Ends: 1990 Jun 25||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/1589||Oman (UK policy: relations with Oman) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 18||Ends: 1985 Jun 24||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|
|PREM19/1869||Nationalised Industries (Shipbuilding policy) (Part 8)||Begins: 1985 Feb 4||Ends: 1986 Jan 31||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/2741||Industrial Policy (Short Brothers Plc: corporate plan and privatisation prospects) (Part 2)||Begins: 1986 Jun 13||Ends: 1989 Mar 23||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/1855||National Health (Committee on Human Fertilisation and Embryology (chaired by Lady Warnock); medical ethics; human surrogacy; German conference on bioethics) (Part 1)||Begins: 1982 Feb 10||Ends: 1986 Apr 4||Date of release: 2015 Dec 30|
|PREM19/1917||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Prime Minister's visit to Israel, May 1986: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1986 Feb 4||Ends: 1986 Dec 18||Date of release: 2016 Feb 19|
|PREM19/2597||China (Internal situation in China) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 30||Ends: 1989 Jul 21||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/1771||Government Machinery (Review of administrative forms) (Part 1)||Begins: 1980 Aug 14||Ends: 1986 Oct 31||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|