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|
|PREM19/1856||National Health (Private Medical Care)||Begins: 1979 May 22||Ends: 1986 Feb 17||Date of release: 2015 Dec 30|
|PREM19/256||Housing (Housing policy; the Housing Bill; council house sales) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 22||Ends: 1980 Jul 31||Date of release: 2010 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 117|
|PREM19/1269||Housing (Organisation and structure of building societies; mortgage rates; review of house purchase finance) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 22||Ends: 1984 Jun 29||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 315|
|PREM19/66||Home affairs (Sale of Isle of Iona)||Begins: 1979 May 21||Ends: 1979 Jun 7||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 12|
|PREM19/961||Cabinet (Brevity in recording of Cabinet and Committee minutes; guidance on Cabinet papers)||Begins: 1979 May 21||Ends: 1983 Jun 17||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 9|
|PREM19/1395||Sri Lanka (Internal situation; UK/Sri Lankan relations; aid to Sri Lanka) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 21||Ends: 1984 Oct 22||Date of release: 2014 Jan 3||File classification: Secret||Pages: 354|
|PREM19/2472||Royal Family (Career of Prince Andrew, Duke of York)||Begins: 1979 May 21||Ends: 1987 Oct 30||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Retained Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/1962||Social Services (Assistance with fuel costs; alternatives to electricity discount scheme; home insulation scheme; severe weather payments) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 21||Ends: 1986 Feb 26||Date of release: 2016 Feb 19|
|PREM19/2||Australia (MT visit to, Jul 1979)||Begins: 1979 May 21||Ends: 1979 Aug 3||Date of release: 2009 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 212|
|PREM19/1889||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's weekly diary meeting)||Begins: 1979 May 21||Ends: 1986 Jun 30||Date of release: 2016 Jul 21||Any docs withheld? 1|
|PREM19/14||Defence (UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 May 21||Ends: 1979 Dec 15||Date of release: 2013 Sep 24||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 177|
|PREM19/972||Defence (Briefing on military capabilities of Warsaw Pact)||Begins: 1979 May 21||Ends: 1983 Jan 19||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 25|
|PREM19/3520||Saudi Arabia (Visit of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, May 1979)||Begins: 1979 May 19||Ends: 1991 May 20||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 16|
|PREM19/2712||Government Machinery (The Central Office of Information (COI) and the future of the Information Services: Government advertising expenditure; repayment for services provided by the COI)||Begins: 1979 May 18||Ends: 1989 May 11||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|