What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They’re here on this website to make the website work better for you, and to help us to understand how people use the website.

The table below explains the types of cookies we use. This list is being frequently updated as the website changes and we gather more information from companies and government departments it works with:




Maintains state during browsing session


Helps us analyse trends of visits to our site over a period of time – remembers your visits


Retains user choices to do with fonts, colours and sizes.


When someone visits we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the website. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

1.       enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one visit;

2.       recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested;

3.       measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are quick;

4.       analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with the services so we can make them better; and

5.       helping you share the content on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone, but the cookies can remember activities and preferences chosen by you and your browser. You can manage cookies by controlling which cookies are saved or by deleting them, if you wish.

How to disable/manage cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through browser settings. We recommend you allow the cookies we set on this website as they help us to provide a better service.

If you do not want to receive cookies from this website, select cookie settings under the privacy settings in your browser options, then add our domain to the list of websites you do not want to accept cookies from. Under settings you can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored. If you set your browser to refuse cookies, please be aware that functionality may be affected and certain features on this website will not work.

To find out more about how to manage cookies, including how to delete them, visit: <>

Full details on the cookies set by Google Analytics are available on the Google website. Google also publishes a browser add-on to allow you to choose whether or not information about your website visit is sent to Google Analytics: