Tobacco investments held by local authority pension fund

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Dear Harrow 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 local authority's 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

Anna Batoryk, Harrow Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 3936896

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Dear Mr. Davies
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 17 April
2018.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we aim to send a response by 16 May 2018 (which is 20 working days
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Kind regards
 
 
Anna Batoryk
FOI Officer - Access Harrow
Resources & Commercial
[email address]

Anna Batoryk, Harrow Borough Council

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Information request
Our reference: 3936896

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Dear Mr. Davies
 
Thank you for your information request. We will forward it to the
relevant department who will contact you shortly.
 
Information Management Team
Harrow Council
Civic Centre, Civic 1
3rd Floor, West Wing
Station Road
Harrow
HA1 2XF
[Harrow Borough Council request email]

Anna Batoryk, Harrow Borough Council

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Dear Mr. Davies
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 17 April 2018.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Kind regards
 
 
Anna Batoryk
FOI Officer - Access Harrow
Resources & Commercial
[email address]