Website - Cookies

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that are 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, and counting the number of people looking at a website.

The Information Commissioner's Office has published advice for members of the public on the use of cookies and how to disable them.

The following cookies are used on our sites:-

Cookie Name Description What does it do Expiry
__utma Google Analytics This cookie identifies unique visitors. We use it to identify the most popular sections of the website 2 years
__utmb Google Analytics Used to track your session. It records the time you spend visiting our website 30 minutes
__utmc Google Analytics
Used to track a session on our site. Records the time you leave our site. Together with _utmb this tells us how long you spent on our site
When you close your browser
__utmz Google Analytics This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. Also used to track navigation through our site. 6 months
__utmv Google Analytics This cookie collects visitor information such as location and demographics. We use this to find out more information about our audience and who uses the site. 2 years