Cookie policy

Cookies

Cookies are small data files that websites generate and ask to store on your computer. Most
websites use cookies in one form or another. They are typically used to:

  • remember settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remember information you give to a website, such as a list of products in your shopping basket
  • measure how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit the About Cookies website, or please read
on to find out more about how we use cookies.

Measuring Website Usage

Google Analytics is in use to collect information about how visitors use this site. This provides
us with important information that can enable the site to work better. We do not link this
information to your name or address.

The following cookies are used by Google Analytics:

Name Typical content Cookie expires after
_utma Randomly generated ID 2 years
_utmb Randomly generated ID 30 minutes
_utmc Randomly generated ID When you close your web browser
_utmz Randomly generated ID 6 months

Understanding your web browser capabilities

We set some cookies to store information about your browser settings, to understand which
functionality to enable on the site. The following cookies are used:

Name Typical content Cookie expires after
has_js 1 or blank When you close your web browser

Remembering your accessibility preferences

We set some cookies to support accessibility features such as user-controlled text size, or
the high contrast version of our site. These cookies allow us to ensure you receive the site as
you’ve requested it on each page. The following cookies are used:

Name Typical content Cookie expires after
textsize  A number representing your
chosen text size. For visitors
who haven’t expressed a
preference, this will be 87
1 year
highcontrast Blank or the
string “highcontraston”
1 year

Remembering your choices

Certain sections of our site remember your choices, so you can be provided with the right
information if you visit other pages, and then return. For example, if you filter a list of information
we will remember your choice and default to that selection if you visit the page again. These
choices are not tied to any personally identifiable information. The following cookies are used:

Name Typical content Cookie expires after
SESS0afa41c2963dac7c0e3
40224a301cf78
A random string Up to 24 days

Submitting online forms

When you submit an online form to report issues or to ask us something, we set cookies to
ensure that we can keep the whole of your request together. The following cookies are used:

Name Typical content Cookie expires after
ASPSESSIONIDQADARSQB A randomly generated string When you close your browser
highcontrast Blank or the
string “highcontraston”
1 year

 

Last updated: 12th November 2012

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