FOI release – correspondence about the Government’s consultation on the packaging of tobacco products

FOI request

On 10 August 2012 the Department received a FOI request for – copies of any correspondence between the Department of Health and the organisations listed below regarding the Government’s consultation on the packaging of tobacco products which was sent or received during the period of the consultation, that is, from 16th April to 10th August 2012 inclusive. The organisations concerned are:

British American Tobacco
Imperial Tobacco Ltd
Japan Tobacco International, including Gallaher Ltd
Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association
Tobacco Retailers Alliance
FOREST, including any correspondence in connection with the ‘Hands Off Our Packs’ campaign.

 Our response

The Department disclosed the following correspondence:

  • Letter from Alison Cooper (Chief Executive Officer, Imperial Tobacco) to Secretary of State for Health, 20 April 2012
  • Letter from Herbert Smith (on behalf of British American Tobacco) to Department of Health, 23 April 2012
  • Letter from Secretary of State to Imperial Tobacco, 17 May 2012
  • Letter from Department of Health to Herbert Smith, 22 May 2012
  • Letter from Suleman Khonat (Tobacco Retailers Alliance) to Department of Health, 25 May 2012
  • Letter from Department of Health to Tobacco Retailers Alliance, 8 June 2012
  • Emails between Department of Health and Tobacco Retailers Alliance, 8 June – 25 May 2012
  • Letter from Herbert Smith to Department of Health, 12 June 2012
  • Letter from Herbert Smith to Department of Health, 12 June 2012
  • Letter and attachment from Department of Health to Simon Clark (FOREST), 14 June 2012
  • Letter from Department of Health to FOREST, 20 June 2012
  • Letter from Imperial Tobacco to Secretary of State, 22 June 2012
  • Letter from Martin Southgate (Managing Director, JTI) to Department of Health, 3 July 2012
  • Email from Department of Health to Herbert Smith, 6 July 2012
  • Email from Department of Health to Herbert Smith, 6 July 2012
  • Email from FOREST to Department of Health, 12 July 2012
  • Letter from Department of Health to Imperial Tobacco, 13 July 2012
  • Email from Department of Health to FOREST, 16 July 2012 11:34
  • Email from Department of Health to FOREST, 16 July 2012 13:04
  • Email from FOREST to Department of Health, 16 July 2012 14:11
  • Email and attachment from Department of Health to FOREST, 16 July 2012 16:19
  • Letter and attachments from Tobacco Retailers Alliance to Trevor Phillips (copied to Department of Health), 8 August 2012

These documents are contained in the following 3 attachments:

FOI reply 719729 attachment1

FOI reply 719739 attachment2

FOI reply 719739 attachment3

Copy of our full reply letter:

 Full FOI reply letter for 719739

In FOI releases, Freedom of information

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