Pension fund's investments in tobacco bonds/shares

Rob Davies made this Freedom of Information request to Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 36 authorities

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am seeking information about the value of the local authority pension fund’s investment in tobacco shares and bonds, as well as the income from those investments. Please provide whatever answers you can to the following.

1. What is the most recent available value of the pension fund?

2. What is the value of the fund’s directly-held investment in shares or bonds of the following companies: British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Japan Tobacco International, Altria Group Inc, Philip Morris International, Universal Corp, Alliance One International?

3. What is the total combined value of the fund’s directly-held investments in the companies named above?

4. What income did the fund receive from these investments in the last 12-month period for which records are available?

5. Does the fund have any other investments in tobacco via pooled investments? What is the value of these?

6. What is the local authority’s annual spend on smoking-related illness?

7. Please supply the number of deaths attributable to smoking in the local authority areas covered by your pension fund. Your Director of Public Health or equivalent should be able to supply this figure.

If you require clarification on any of the above questions, please get in touch on 0203 353 3616, or 07415154041 or email me at [email address]

Yours faithfully,

Rob Davies

CSG InformationRights^, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for records held by this service.


Your request was received by this department on 17 April 2018.

A final decision on your request would normally be sent to you within 20 working days of receipt of your request. This means that you can expect to receive your decision by 16 May 2018.

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Should our final decision not reach you on time, please feel free to call the contact officer named above to discuss any problems that may have arisen.

Yours sincerely
Information Rights Officer

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Paul Gray, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Davies
Thank you for your recent request for information made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.
Gateshead Council does not hold the information sought in questions 1, 2,
3, 4 and 5. You can request this information from South Tyneside Council,
who manages Gateshead Council's pension fund, at [1]
Q6. As the question relates specifically to costs to the local authority
arising from smoking related illness, not prevention, the ASH Ready
Reckoner gives estimated costs to social care arising from smoking related
illnesses at a local authority level here - 
Q7.  The Local Tobacco Control Profiles give smoking attributable
mortality at local authority level. The Gateshead figures are here -
Please contact me directly if you require any further information.
Paul Gray
Public Health Programme Lead
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Public Health Team
Gateshead Council
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Telephone: 0191 433 2929
Email: [6][email address]
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