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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
PREM19/351 Rhodesia (Constitutional Conference, Lancaster House, London, Sept-Dec 1979: proceedings & conference papers, CC (79) 80-105) Begins: 1979 Nov 19 Ends: 1979 Dec 13 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Restricted Pages: 235
PREM19/352 Rhodesia (Constitutional Conference, Lancaster House, London, Sept-Dec 1979: proceedings & conference papers, CC (79) 106-109) Begins: 1979 Dec 15 Ends: 1979 Dec 15 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Restricted Pages: 148
PREM19/353 Rhodesia (Constitutional Conference, Lancaster House, London, Sept-Dec 1979: Report) Begins: 1979 Dec 21 Ends: 1979 Dec 21 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Unclassified Pages: 168
PREM19/354 Royal Family (Visit to France by Prince Charles, July 1980) Begins: 1980 Apr 15 Ends: 1980 Apr 30 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 8
PREM19/355 Royal Family (Duke of Windsor’s papers: allegations by Duc de Grantmesnil that they were stolen by secret agents) Begins: 1979 May 10 Ends: 1980 Jun 18 Date of release: Retained Classification: Unknown
PREM19/356 Security (Leak of documents on defence expenditure to Press Association) Begins: 1980 Oct 23 Ends: 1980 Dec 17 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 84
PREM19/357 Security (Review of adequacy of leaks procedure) Begins: 1980 Jan 4 Ends: 1980 Aug 4 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 57
PREM19/358 Security (Article by Duncan Campbell in New Statesman on US National Security Agency (NSA) activities at Menwith Hill, North Yorkshire) Begins: 1980 Jul 18 Ends: 1980 Jul 28 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 11
PREM19/359 Security (Intelligence liaison) Begins: 1980 Jul 28 Ends: 1980 Aug 4 Date of release: Retained Classification: Unknown
PREM19/360 Security (Alleged connection between Czech Intelligence Service and John Stonehouse) Begins: 1980 Jul 7 Ends: 1980 Oct 6 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 11
PREM19/361 Security (Case of Miss Lamble) Begins: 1979 Dec 7 Ends: 1980 Jan 4 Date of release: Retained Classification: Unknown
PREM19/362 Security (Leak in Guardian and Time Out of Ministerial discussion on civil nuclear power programme) Begins: 1979 Dec 6 Ends: 1980 Mar 24 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 23
PREM19/363 Security (Policy on interception) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Jun 7 Ends: 1980 Mar 19 Date of release: Retained Classification: Unknown
PREM19/364 Security (Policy on interception) (Part 2) Begins: 1980 Mar 21 Ends: 1980 Apr 11 Date of release: Retained Classification: Unknown
PREM19/365 Social Services (Rayner study on arrangements for paying social security benefits) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Nov 22 Ends: 1980 Sep 30 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 282
PREM19/366 Social Services (Taxation of short term benefits, supplementary benefits and strikers' benefits; financial treatment of strikers and their families) (Part 2) Begins: 1980 Jan 3 Ends: 1980 Feb 25 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 101
PREM19/367 Social Services (Taxation of short term benefits, supplementary benefits and strikers' benefits; financial treatment of strikers and their families) (Part 3) Begins: 1980 Feb 26 Ends: 1980 Jul 1 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 111
PREM19/368 Social Services (Action on child abuse; death of Lucy Gates) (Part 3) Begins: 1980 Nov 5 Ends: 1980 Dec 31 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Unclassified Pages: 16
PREM19/369 Social Services (Prime Minister’s meeting with representatives of the Community Service Volunteers to discuss youth unemployment) Begins: 1980 Jul 2 Ends: 1980 Nov 11 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 78
PREM19/370 South Africa (Visit to UK by Dr Van Zyl Slabbert, leader of opposition, September 1980: call on Prime Minister) Begins: 1980 Sep 9 Ends: 1980 Oct 1 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 32
PREM19/371 South Africa (Internal situation; relations with UK) Part 1 Begins: 1979 Jun 18 Ends: 1980 Aug 27 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 235
PREM19/372 Soviet Union (Political and propaganda use made by USSR of Moscow Olympic Games) Begins: 1980 Apr 22 Ends: 1980 Apr 26 Date of release: Retained Classification: Unknown
PREM19/373 Spain (EEC fishing licences for Spanish fishermen) Begins: 1980 Jan 28 Ends: 1980 Feb 8 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Unclassified Pages: 18
PREM19/374 Sport (UK participation in Moscow Olympic Games following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan) (Part 1) Begins: 1980 Jan 8 Ends: 1980 Mar 6 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 251
PREM19/375 Sport (UK participation in Moscow Olympic Games following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan) (Part 2) Begins: 1980 Mar 6 Ends: 1980 Apr 30 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 201
PREM19/376 Sport (UK participation in Moscow Olympic Games following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan) (Part 3) Begins: 1980 May 9 Ends: 1980 Jul 30 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 142
PREM19/377 Sport (Sporting relations with South Africa) Begins: 1979 Aug 30 Ends: 1980 Feb 28 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 173
PREM19/378 Trade (Visit by David Howell, Secretary of State for Energy, to Mexico and Venezuela, September 1980; proposed seminar) Begins: 1980 Oct 24 Ends: 1980 Dec 9 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 21
PREM19/379 Trade (United States synthetic fibre exports to UK; problems of the UK clothing and textile industry) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Oct 12 Ends: 1980 Jun 27 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 165
PREM19/380 Tunisia (Call on Prime Minister by Habib Bourguiba, son of Tunisian President, March 1980) Begins: 1980 Feb 29 Ends: 1980 Mar 21 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 18
PREM19/381 USA (Visit to UK by Dr Harold Brown, US Secretary of Defense, June 1980: meeting with Prime Minister) Begins: 1980 May 28 Ends: 1980 Aug 15 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 74
PREM19/382 USA (Visit to UK by Major General George J Keegan Jr, US Air Force (retired), March 1980: call on Prime Minister) Begins: 1980 Feb 20 Ends: 1980 Jun 9 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 27
PREM19/383 USA (Visits to UK by Cyrus Vance, US Secretary of State: meetings with Prime Minister) Begins: 1979 May 14 Ends: 1980 Feb 22 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 173
PREM19/384 Yemen Arab Republic (Visit to UK by Prime Minister Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghani, November 1980: meeting with Prime Minister) Begins: 1979 Aug 13 Ends: 1980 Jan 4 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 69
PREM19/385 Ireland (Prime Minister’s visit to Northern Ireland, December 1979) Begins: 1979 Aug 27 Ends: 1980 Jan 16 Date of release: 2010 Dec 30 Classification: Top Secret Pages: 137
PREM19/386 Aerospace (British Aerospace’s bid for Arab Communications Satellite) Begins: 1981 Apr 7 Ends: 1981 May 18 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 29
PREM19/387 Afghanistan (Internal Situation) (Part 5) Begins: 1980 Apr 10 Ends: 1981 Sep 14 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Top Secret Pages: 333
PREM19/388 Agriculture (Proposed energy subsidies to horticulture and fisheries industries to combat 'unfair' foreign competition) Begins: 1980 Mar 21 Ends: 1981 Apr 28 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 21
PREM19/389 Agriculture (Liquid milk prices) Begins: 1979 May 16 Ends: 1981 Mar 11 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 168
PREM19/390 Arts and amenities (Export licence for Leicester Codex by Leonardo da Vinci, following purchase by Dr Armand Hammer) Begins: 1980 Oct 22 Ends: 1981 Feb 11 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 39
PREM19/391 Arts and amenities (Future of the Wernher Collection at Luton Hoo) Begins: 1980 May 20 Ends: 1981 Feb 2 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 31
PREM19/392 Australia (Transfer of uranium enrichment technology to Australia) Begins: 1980 Jul 3 Ends: 1981 Apr 29 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 27
PREM19/393 Brazil (Visit to UK by Foreign Minister, Ramiro Saraiva Guerreiro, December 1981: meeting with Prime Minister) Begins: 1981 Sep 9 Ends: 1981 Dec 1 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 15
PREM19/394 Broadcasting (BBC External Services) Begins: 1979 May 25 Ends: 1981 Oct 22 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 203
PREM19/395 Broadcasting (Legislation on broadcasting; fourth TV channel; Welsh language broadcasting (threatened hunger strike by former Plaid Cymru MP Gwynfor Evans); renewal of BBC Charter) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Jul 16 Ends: 1981 Jun 16 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 172
PREM19/396 Cabinet (Questions of Procedure for Ministers: revision and reissue; disclosure of structure and details of Cabinet committees) Begins: 1979 May 4 Ends: 1981 Sep 23 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 171
PREM19/397 Canada (UK/Canadian relations: patriation of the Canadian constitution) (Part 2) Begins: 1980 Nov 11 Ends: 1981 Feb 27 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 4 Classification: Secret Pages: 252
PREM19/398 Canada (UK/Canadian relations: patriation of the Canadian constitution) (Part 3) Begins: 1981 Mar 2 Ends: 1981 Oct 23 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 386
PREM19/399 Civil service (Pay and pensions: public sector pay policy; review of pay research system; staffing problems in London) (Part 2) Begins: 1980 May 16 Ends: 1981 Feb 25 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 178
PREM19/400 Civil service (Pay and pensions: public sector pay policy; Civil Service pay dispute; industrial action) (Part 3) Begins: 1981 Mar 2 Ends: 1981 Apr 15 Date of release: 2011 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 211
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