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|
|PREM19/1968||South Africa (Internal situation; relations with UK) (Part 11)||Begins: 1986 Jul 1||Ends: 1986 Jul 15||Date of release: 2016 Feb 19||Any docs withheld? 9||File classification: Top Secret Cab One||Pages: 248|
|PREM19/652||Argentina (Falklands: sensitive briefing) (Part 10)||Begins: 1982 Jun 26||Ends: 1982 Sep 28||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Top Secret UK Eyes A||Pages: 171|
|PREM19/3347||France (Visits to the UK by Jacques Chirac (Mayor of Paris / Prime Minister) and Michel Rocard (Prime Minister)) (Part 1)||Begins: 1982 Jan 25||Ends: 1991 Mar 27||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 7||File classification: Top Secret UK Eyes A||Pages: 340|
|PREM19/2182||France (Prime Minister's visits to France, November 1986 and March and July 1987) (Part 5)||Begins: 1986 Oct 21||Ends: 1987 Oct 30||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Top Secret UK Eyes A||Pages: 287|
|PREM19/973||Defence (Arms control) (Part 4)||Begins: 1983 Jan 25||Ends: 1983 Nov 23||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Top Secret UK Eyes A||Pages: 261|
|PREM19/2532||Soviet Union (Soviet economy: grain harvest)||Begins: 1979 Dec 1||Ends: 1987 Jun 16||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Top Secret UK Eyes A||Pages: 16|
|PREM19/1548||Ireland (Situation in Northern Ireland) (Part 19)||Begins: 1984 Dec 31||Ends: 1985 Mar 28||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Top Secret UK Eyes A||Pages: 366|
|PREM19/651||Argentina (Falklands: sensitive briefing) (Part 9)||Begins: 1982 Jun 7||Ends: 1982 Jun 25||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Top Secret UK Eyes B||Pages: 95|
|PREM19/2405||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meeting with Dennis Canavan MP, 17 December 1987)||Begins: 1984 Sep 11||Ends: 1988 Jan 11||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 62|
|PREM19/117||Rhodesia (Lord Boyd's Report on April 1979 election)||Begins: 1979 May 16||Ends: 1979 May 16||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 74|
|PREM19/1755||European Policy (European Institute of Public Administration at Maastricht)||Begins: 1981 Nov 19||Ends: 1986 Aug 18||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 17|
|PREM19/2293||Legal Procedure (Increase in number of Lords Justices of Appeal)||Begins: 1987 Oct 21||Ends: 1987 Oct 22||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 7|
|PREM19/2659||Environmental Affairs (Benson Building, Islington) (Part 12)||Begins: 1989 Jul 3||Ends: 1989 Jul 18||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 5|
|PREM19/373||Spain (EEC fishing licences for Spanish fishermen)||Begins: 1980 Jan 28||Ends: 1980 Feb 8||Date of release: 2010 Dec 30||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 18|
|PREM19/2294||Legal Procedure (Judges and the media)||Begins: 1988 Mar 8||Ends: 1988 Mar 31||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 10|