A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are used by many websites and can do a number of things, eg remembering your preferences, recording what you have put in your shopping basket.
Analytical cookies are used to recognise how users move around a website. This helps us improve the way the website operates, for example by noting any difficulties users might find in accessing certain pages, and ensuring users find what they are looking for easily. We use Google Analytics to help us with this.
However, if your browser setting blocks all cookies you might not be able to access all of our site.
These are the cookies we use on our website, and an explanation of why they are used:
|ga||This cookie is associated with Google Universal Analytics and is usually set during the visitor’s first visit on the website.This cookie is associated with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measures.||Expires after 2 years|
|_gat||This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.||Expires at the end of the session|
|_gid||This cookie is associated with Google Universal Analytics. Along with the “_ga” and “_gid” cookies, this cookie measures information with regards to the way the website is being used, including what pages are visited.||Expires after 24 hours|