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.

Our website uses cookies for various reasons, including to distinguish you from other users of our website, so that the correct page is delivered to the correct user, and to tailor the size of the website to your device. We do not share any data from the cookies with third parties. You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below. By using our website, you consent to our use of cookies.

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.

For more information on cookies generally, the Information Officer’s website refers users to which includes guidance on how to limit, delete and control the use of cookies on any websites you visit.

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:

gaThis 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
_gatThis 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
_gidThis 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
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