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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
PREM19/201 Education (Committee of inquiry into the education of handicapped children and young people: responses to the Warnock Report, 1978) Begins: 1980 Feb 15 Ends: 1980 Jul 22 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 17
PREM19/202 Education (Non-teaching staff employed by local education authorities) Begins: 1980 Jan 30 Ends: 1980 Mar 10 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 16
PREM19/203 Energy (Energy Policy) (Part 3) Begins: 1979 Nov 5 Ends: 1980 Feb 19 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 264
PREM19/204 Energy (Energy Policy) (Part 4) Begins: 1980 Feb 20 Ends: 1980 May 7 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 207
PREM19/205 Energy (Energy Policy) (Part 5) Begins: 1980 May 9 Ends: 1980 Dec 10 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 218
PREM19/206 Energy (Future of British National Oil Corporation (BNOC); proposed sale of British Petroleum (BP) assets; Petroleum and Submarine Pipeline Bill) (Part 3) Begins: 1979 Dec 27 Ends: 1980 Jun 20 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 198
PREM19/207 Energy (Energy conservation and home insulation schemes: oil demand restraint) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 31 Ends: 1980 Apr 8 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 262
PREM19/208 Energy (Coking coal: National Coal Board grant; British Steel Corporation imports) Begins: 1979 Jul 23 Ends: 1980 Sep 8 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 52
PREM19/209 Energy (Offshore supplies interest relief grants scheme; report on irregular payments) Begins: 1979 Sep 13 Ends: 1980 Jun 2 Date of release: 2034 Jan 1 Classification: Retained (personal information)
PREM19/210 Energy (European Community energy issues; research projects; oil import targets; coking coal scheme; projects in the hydrocarbons sector) Begins: 1979 May 11 Ends: 1980 Dec 12 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 131
PREM19/211 Energy (Burgoyne Committee report on offshore safety; transfer of responsibility) Begins: 1980 Mar 27 Ends: 1980 Oct 29 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Unclassified Pages: 24
PREM19/212 Defence (Arms control) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 4 Ends: 1979 Jun 15 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 1 Classification: Top Secret Pages: 199
PREM19/213 Defence (Arms control) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Jun 18 Ends: 1979 Aug 24 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 2 Classification: Secret Pages: 231
PREM19/214 European Policy (Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Oct 29 Ends: 1980 Jan 31 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 185
PREM19/215 European Policy (Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)) (Part 3) Begins: 1980 Feb 5 Ends: 1980 Mar 10 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 116
PREM19/216 European Policy (Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)) (Part 4) Begins: 1980 Mar 12 Ends: 1980 Apr 30 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 145
PREM19/217 European Policy (Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)) (Part 5) Begins: 1980 May 1 Ends: 1980 Jul 16 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 209
PREM19/218 European Policy (Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)) (Part 6) Begins: 1980 Jul 18 Ends: 1980 Nov 27 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 207
PREM19/219 European Policy (European Council Meeting in Luxembourg, 27-28 April 1980 (re-scheduled from Brussels)) (Part 3) Begins: 1980 Feb 5 Ends: 1980 May 15 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 307
PREM19/220 European Policy (European Council Meeting, Venice, 12-13 June 1980) (Part 4) Begins: 1980 Jan 14 Ends: 1980 Jun 19 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 181
PREM19/221 European Policy (European Council Meeting, Luxembourg, 1-2 December 1980) (Part 5) Begins: 1980 Oct 24 Ends: 1980 Dec 4 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 128
PREM19/222 European Policy (European Community budget) (Part 4) Begins: 1979 Dec 3 Ends: 1980 Jan 21 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 219
PREM19/223 European Policy (European Community budget) (Part 5) Begins: 1980 Jan 22 Ends: 1980 Feb 25 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 144
PREM19/224 European Policy (European Community budget) (Part 6) Begins: 1980 Feb 26 Ends: 1980 Mar 19 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 153
PREM19/225 European Policy (European Community budget) (Part 7) Begins: 1980 Mar 19 Ends: 1980 Apr 28 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 1 Classification: Secret Pages: 259
PREM19/226 European Policy (European Community budget) (Part 8) Begins: 1980 Apr 29 Ends: 1980 Jun 3 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 251
PREM19/227 European Policy (European Community budget) (Part 9) Begins: 1980 Jun 4 Ends: 1980 Sep 19 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 196
PREM19/228 European Policy (Prime Minister’s meetings with President of European Commission, Roy Jenkins) Begins: 1979 May 10 Ends: 1980 Nov 4 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 192
PREM19/229 European Policy (EEC food exports to Soviet Union; sales of subsidised butter) Begins: 1979 Sep 3 Ends: 1980 Jul 30 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 80
PREM19/230 European Policy (Designation of European Community) Begins: 1980 Jan 4 Ends: 1980 Feb 7 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Restricted Pages: 6
PREM19/231 European Policy (Visit to UK by Henri de Koster, President of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, May 1980; meeting with Prime Minister) Begins: 1980 Apr 15 Ends: 1980 May 29 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 33
PREM19/232 European Policy (Prime Minister’s meetings with James Scott-Hopkins MEP, leader of European Democratic Group (EDG) in European Parliament, and other EDG MEPs) Begins: 1979 Jul 16 Ends: 1980 Jul 18 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 218
PREM19/233 Fishing industry (EEC Common Fisheries Policy) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 8 Ends: 1980 Jan 31 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 260
PREM19/234 Fishing industry (EEC Common Fisheries Policy) (Part 2) Begins: 1980 Mar 3 Ends: 1980 May 7 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 134
PREM19/235 Fishing industry (EEC Common Fisheries Policy) (Part 3) Begins: 1980 May 9 Ends: 1980 Aug 15 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 178
PREM19/236 Foreign Policy (Prime Minister’s visit to Greece and Yugoslavia, September 1980: policy) Begins: 1980 Aug 27 Ends: 1980 Oct 6 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 225
PREM19/237 Foreign Policy (Prime Minister’s bilateral meetings in Belgrade whilst attending Tito’s funeral) Begins: 1980 May 5 Ends: 1980 May 9 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 92
PREM19/238 Foreign Policy (East/West relations; Western strategy in wake of Soviet invasion of Afghanistan) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Jul 5 Ends: 1980 May 30 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Top Secret Pages: 192
PREM19/239 France (Prime Minister’s visit to France, September 1980: Franco-British Conference at Bordeaux) Begins: 1979 Oct 9 Ends: 1980 Oct 6 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 321
PREM19/240 Gabon (Visit to UK by President Bongo, May 1980: call on Prime Minister) Begins: 1980 Apr 23 Ends: 1980 May 22 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 43
PREM19/241 Government Machinery (Responsibility for science matters; future of Advisory Council for Applied Research and Development (ACARD)) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 16 Ends: 1980 Feb 28 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 147
PREM19/242 Government Machinery (Promotion of efficiency and elimination of waste: the scrutiny programme) (Part 4) Begins: 1979 Nov 30 Ends: 1980 Feb 12 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 228
PREM19/243 Government Machinery (Promotion of efficiency and elimination of waste: the scrutiny programme) (Part 5) Begins: 1980 Feb 14 Ends: 1980 May 30 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 244
PREM19/244 Government Machinery (Promotion of efficiency and elimination of waste: the scrutiny programme) (Part 6) Begins: 1980 Jun 5 Ends: 1980 Nov 24 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 243
PREM19/245 Government Machinery (Review of non-departmental public bodies (quangos): report by Sir Leo Pliatzky) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Jul 23 Ends: 1980 Jan 17 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 250
PREM19/246 Government Machinery (Future of Directorate of Overseas Surveys and Centre for Overseas Pest Research) Begins: 1979 Jul 19 Ends: 1980 Feb 8 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 14
PREM19/247 Government Machinery (Ministerial co-ordination of maritime affairs) Begins: 1979 May 16 Ends: 1980 Feb 21 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 14
PREM19/248 Government Machinery (Special advisers; appointment procedure; pay) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Apr 27 Ends: 1980 May 2 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 235
PREM19/249 Government Machinery (Future of Civil Service Department; integration with the Treasury; Select Committee consideration) (Part 1) Begins: 1980 Mar 14 Ends: 1980 Jul 4 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 215
PREM19/250 Government Machinery (Future of Civil Service Department; integration with the Treasury; Select Committee consideration) (Part 2) Begins: 1980 Jul 7 Ends: 1980 Nov 28 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 549
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