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Cookies Policy

We are committed to being transparent about our use of cookies. We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • A functional cookies enable the website to record whether you have opted-in or opted-out of the use of tracking cookies.
  • Analytical (tracking) cookies enable us to gather data about usage of the website.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file, placed on your computer or device when you visit a website. Cookies vary in (1) duration, (2) ownership and (3) use.

  1. Duration: how long does the cookie remain on your computer or device? All cookies are set to expire automatically: 'session' cookies expire when you close your browser, 'persistent' cookies expire after a fixed period of time. Cookies can also be deleted manually at any time using your web browser.
  2. Ownership: who does the cookie belong to? When you visit a website, the cookies that are set may be either 'first party' cookies that belong to that website, or 'third party' cookies belonging to some other website. This website does not set third party cookies.
  3. Use: what is the cookie for? A cookie may be essential to the functioning of a website or be used for a non-essential purpose such as tracking visits to the website.

The cookies we use

  1. First party persistent cookie - functional cookie ('TrackingOK')

    If you opt-in or opt-out of the use of tracking cookies, we set a cookie that records your choice, so that when you go to a different page of the website or return to the website, you do not have to make this choice again. This cookie expires on 20 November 2018, just after this website's planned closure date.
  2. First party persistent cookies - analytical (tracking) cookies ('_ga', '_ga_gtag...', '_gid')

    If you agree, we will use Google Analytics to gather statistics about the traffic on this website. Google Analytics sets three cookies that allow us to track visits to pages on this website and to distinguish first time visits from repeat visits. To learn more about the Google Analytics cookies, please visit: (opens in a new tab/window).
Cookies which may be set by this website
Cookie Name Owner Use Content Duration
_ga This website Google Analytics - used to distinguish users 1 (example of content) 2 years
_gat_gtag_UA_XXXXXXXXXXXX This website Google Analytics - Used to throttle request rate 151172402.1.10.1348847951 (example of content) 1 min
_gid This website Google Analytics - used to distinguish users GA1.1.2130788830.1527256365 (example of content) 1 day
TrackingOK This website Tracking consent cookie Yes (example of content) Expires 20 Nov 2018

Will the site work if I disable cookies?

You do not need to enable cookies in order to use this website. You may opt-in or opt-out of the setting of anlytical tracking cookies.

What browser cookie settings should I use?

Different browsers classify cookies in different ways, but in general you can either enable or disable a selected type of cookie for all websites, or for a named website. We recommend that you enable all cookies for this website.

How do I change my browser settings?

The Information Commissioner's Office Cookie Information page (opens in a new tab/window) provides further information about cookies with links to instructions on cookie management for different browsers.