A cookie is a piece of information that is saved to the hard drive of your computer or mobile device. It remembers information about the configuration of your computer or mobile device and will remember that you've visited before. This improves your website browsing experience by storing information so that you don't have to give it several times.
A cookie typically doesn't contain personal information, but other browsing details such as the domain from which the cookie has come from, a random unique identifier code and also the lifetime (expiry) of the cookie.
Cookies may be either "persistent" or "session" cookies. A persistent cookie will remain valid and functional until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date); in contrast a session cookie will expire when the web browser is closed by the user.
How we use this information
We use the information gathered by cookies to measure information about our website usage. We can learn which pages on our site are being viewed and how many visitors are using the different sections of this website. This information helps us assess how useful the site is to our visitors and improve the usability of the website on an on-going basis.
There are a wide range of website analytics tools available. Our provider is Google Analytics - a third party that provides monitoring and analysis services. Google Analytics reporting helps us understand how many visitors we have, which pages are visited and helps us improve and develop our site. Google Analytics uses a cookie to track the number of unique users of the site, but does not enable us to identify any individuals.
For more information about what data is collected using Google Analytics, please visit http://www.google.com/analytics/features/index.html
Cookies can also be used to pre-populate your details should you need to complete one of our online forms.
Please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads if you would like more information about online advertising we use. You can also get information on privacy practices and on how to prevent companies them from sending and reading cookies on your computer.
How to disable the cookies
You can disable the cookies that we attach if your browser supports this. To check and update your cookies settings, you will need to know what browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or any other) and what version of it you have. You can usually find this out by opening the browser, then clicking on 'Help' and then 'About'. This will give you information about the browser version you are using.
To find out how to manage cookies please refer to www.aboutcookies.org or your browser's help options for more information.
Please remember that if you amend your cookie settings your browsing experience may be negatively affected. You may be unable to use some of our online services.
Your privacy and online security is our highest priority: we do not collect any personal details that can identify you.
Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations
We are currently working to implement the new rules on our websites. We are supportive of the changes to the privacy rules which are designed to protect the privacy of internet users.
Changes to this policy