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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.

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File name File title Begins Ends Release date Any docs withheld? Classification Pages
PREM19/101 Parliament (Legislative programme) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Jul 12 Ends: 1979 Nov 23 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 334
PREM19/102 Prime Minister (Meeting with Cardinal Hume, Northern Ireland May 1979) Begins: 1979 May 7 Ends: 1979 May 29 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 34
PREM19/103 Prime Minister (Meeting with British Council of Churches Oct 1979) Begins: 1979 May 9 Ends: 1979 Oct 17 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Unclassified Pages: 41
PREM19/104 Prime Minister (MT's visits to Departments & possible regional visits) Begins: 1979 May 8 Ends: 1979 Sep 25 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 193
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 Classification: Confidential Pages: 163
PREM19/106 Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Apr 30 Ends: 1979 May 31 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 321
PREM19/107 Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Jun 1 Ends: 1979 Jul 4 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 382
PREM19/108 Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 3) Begins: 1979 Jul 4 Ends: 1979 Jul 30 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 1 Classification: Secret Pages: 254
PREM19/109 Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 4) Begins: 1979 Jul 31 Ends: 1979 Aug 9 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 226
PREM19/110 Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 5) Begins: 1979 Aug 9 Ends: 1979 Aug 30 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 355
PREM19/111 Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 6) Begins: 1979 Aug 31 Ends: 1979 Sep 11 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 206
PREM19/112 Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 7) Begins: 1979 Sep 11 Ends: 1979 Oct 10 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 293
PREM19/113 Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 8) Begins: 1979 Oct 11 Ends: 1979 Oct 31 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 342
PREM19/114 Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 9) Begins: 1979 Nov 1 Ends: 1979 Nov 18 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 295
PREM19/115 Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 10) Begins: 1979 Nov 19 Ends: 1979 Nov 30 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 273
PREM19/116 Rhodesia (Situation in) (Part 11) Begins: 1979 Dec 2 Ends: 1979 Dec 21 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 443
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 Classification: Unclassified Pages: 74
PREM19/118 Royal family (Security of HMQ during visit to Lusaka CHOGM) Begins: 1979 May 9 Ends: 1979 Jul 27 Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department Classification: Unknown
PREM19/119 Security (Robin Cook's Bill on the Security Service) Begins: 1979 Nov 29 Ends: 1979 Dec 17 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 17
PREM19/120 Security (Security of the Secret Services - Anthony Blunt) Begins: 1979 May 8 Ends: 1979 Nov 23 Date of release: 2016 Dec 20 Any docs withheld? 10 Classification: Unknown
PREM19/121 Social services (Benefits) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Jun 19 Ends: 1979 Dec 20 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 158
PREM19/122 South Africa (Plessey Radar contract - poss breach UN embargo) Begins: 1979 Aug 1 Ends: 1979 Sep 10 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 42
PREM19/123 South Korea (Call on MT by South Korean Presidential envoy) Begins: 1979 May 28 Ends: 1979 Jun 28 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 26
PREM19/124 Soviet Union (MT's stopover in Moscow, en route to Tokyo G7 Summit) Begins: 1979 Jun 22 Ends: 1979 Jul 17 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 57
PREM19/125 Transport (Consumers & nationalized transport industries) Begins: 1979 Jun 7 Ends: 1979 Jul 3 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 17
PREM19/126 United States (President Carter's energy policy) Begins: 1979 Jul 6 Ends: 1979 Dec 17 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 70
PREM19/127 United States (MT visit to Washington - policy, December 1979) Begins: 1979 Nov 8 Ends: 1979 Dec 21 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 301
PREM19/128 Vatican (Possible papal visit to Ireland, north & south) Begins: 1979 Jul 10 Ends: 1979 Oct 1 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 1 Classification: Confidential Pages: 67
PREM19/129 Vietnam (Vietnamese boat people) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 24 Ends: 1979 Jun 14 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 309
PREM19/130 Vietnam (Vietnamese boat people) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Jun 15 Ends: 1979 Jul 19 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 304
PREM19/131 Zaire (Call on MT by Foreign Minister of) Begins: 1979 Nov 11 Ends: 1979 Nov 13 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 23
PREM19/132 Zambia (Policy) Begins: 1979 Jul 13 Ends: 1979 Jul 23 Date of release: Retained Classification: Retained Sec 3.4
PREM19/133 European policy (European Council, Dublin Nov 1979 - briefing) Begins: 1979 Nov 19 Ends: 1979 Nov 24 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 418
PREM19/134 Afghanistan (Soviet invasion) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Dec 17 Ends: 1980 Jan 6 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 280
PREM19/135 Afghanistan (Soviet invasion) (Part 2) Begins: 1980 Jan 6 Ends: 1980 Jan 20 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 317
PREM19/136 Afghanistan (Soviet invasion) (Part 3) Begins: 1980 Jan 21 Ends: 1980 Feb 28 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 257
PREM19/137 Afghanistan (Soviet invasion) (Part 4) Begins: 1980 Feb 28 Ends: 1980 Apr 9 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 220
PREM19/138 Algeria (Visit to UK by Foreign Minister Mohammed Benyahia, June 1980: meeting with Prime Minister) (Part 4) Begins: 1980 May 20 Ends: 1980 Jun 2 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 17
PREM19/139 Anguilla (Legislation for separation of Anguilla from St Kitts-Nevis) Begins: 1980 Mar 26 Ends: 1980 Oct 22 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 20
PREM19/140 Argentina (Visit to UK by Dr Martinez de Hoz, Minister of Economy, June 1980) Begins: 1980 Feb 26 Ends: 1980 Jun 11 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 16
PREM19/141 Australia (Prime Minister’s televised telephone conversation with Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser to mark 50th anniversary of Australia’s first international telephone service) Begins: 1980 Apr 18 Ends: 1980 Apr 21 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Restricted Pages: 28
PREM19/142 Bangladesh (Visit to UK by President Ziaur Rahman, June 1980: meeting with Prime Minister) Begins: 1980 Apr 10 Ends: 1980 Jul 25 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 78
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 Classification: Confidential Pages: 248
PREM19/144 Civil Service (Pay and Pensions: reports by Government Actuary’s Department and Civil Service Pay Research Unit) Begins: 1979 May 17 Ends: 1980 May 15 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 144
PREM19/145 Civil Service (Proposal to close Public Record Office research room in Chancery Lane) Begins: 1980 Feb 14 Ends: 1980 Apr 22 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Unclassified Pages: 23
PREM19/146 Civil Service (Cabinet Office Whitley Council request for meeting, concerning pay, with Prime Minister) Begins: 1980 Mar 21 Ends: 1980 Dec 3 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 18
PREM19/147 Civil Service (Long-term management and manpower policy: efficiency of central government; Civil Service manpower; Sir Derek Rayner’s recommendations for reforms) (Part 1) Begins: 1980 Mar 10 Ends: 1980 Apr 10 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 162
PREM19/148 Civil Service (Long-term management and manpower policy: efficiency of central government; Civil Service manpower; Sir Derek Rayner’s recommendations for reforms) (Part 2) Begins: 1980 Apr 10 Ends: 1980 Apr 23 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 234
PREM19/149 Civil Service (Long-term management and manpower policy: efficiency of central government; Civil Service manpower; Sir Derek Rayner’s recommendations for reforms) (Part 3) Begins: 1980 Apr 24 Ends: 1980 May 7 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 143
PREM19/150 Civil Service (Long-term management and manpower policy: efficiency of central government; Civil Service manpower; Sir Derek Rayner’s recommendations for reforms) (Part 4) Begins: 1980 May 8 Ends: 1980 Jul 31 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 222
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