Your privacy - how cookies are used by this site 

This site uses small amounts of data stored on your computer called 'cookies' to collect information about how visitors use the website. You can control what cookies, if any, are stored on your computer. Find out more about cookies below.

Details of how to request personal information under the Data Protection Act (1998) can be found on our Terms page.

1    What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small amount of data sent to your computer or mobile phone from a website. It often includes a unique identifier and is stored on your device's hard drive. We do not use cookies to collect information that can be used to identify you.

Each website can send its own cookie to your browser, if your browser's preferences allow it. Your browser is the computer program you use to access the internet. By default, your browser will only allow a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you and not the cookies sent to you by any other website. This is to protect your privacy.

2    Types of cookies

Websites create four different types of cookies:

Session cookies – This type of cookie is only valid when a user browses a site and expires when the user leaves a website. They are used to remember if a user has logged into a website.

Persistent cookies – Persistent cookies are not cleared when a user closes their browser. They are used to remember if the user has visited the site before, whether they ticked a 'remember me' type checkbox when logging into the site or where the user visited the website from. These types of cookies generally have a fixed time-frame before expiring - around about a year, for example.

First party cookies – First party cookies are examples that are only used within one particular website. Data from the cookie is not accessible to other websites.

Third party cookies – These cookies do contain data that third party websites can access. Examples include social media sharing controls or analytics-based websites.

3    Services that need cookies to work

Some services need to store a cookie on your computer for them to work. These cookies are removed when you finish using the service. If cookies are blocked, then these services will not work.

4    Controlling what cookies are stored on your computer

You can set your devices to:

  • Accept all cookies
  • Tell you when a cookie is being received
  • Not receive cookies

Each browser is different, so check the 'Help' menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

5    Rejecting cookies

If you want to restrict or block the cookies set by this site, you can do so through your browser settings. The 'Help' menu in your browser should explain how you can do this, as well as how to delete cookies from your computer.

6    Mobile phones - rejecting cookies

For information about how to reject cookies on your mobile phone's browser, see your handset manual.

1.7 Third party cookies on this site

 Google Analytics cookies
This site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of the site.

Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

You can find more information about how to reject or delete this cookie here