About cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They record information about the way you use the website. We use this information in a number of ways:

  • By recording your preferred text size, or any other preferences, we can make sure that the site is displayed in the way that you want every time you visit.
  • If you need to log in to access any part of the site, we use a cookie to establish and continue your user session until you decide to log out.
  • Storing information about your visit helps us to return webpages to you more quickly during your visit, and helps us get a picture of how users interact with our website.

The cookies we use

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

Cookie Name


More information


This is used to store whether you are in textOnly mode or not.

Persistent for three months.



This is used to store user preferences for viewing sites in textOnly mode e.g. font-size and colour. It’s only written on sites which use the text only option.

Persistent for one month.



This is used to store the username and password for ‘remember my login’ feature on extranets.

Persistent for one month.



This is used to store whether you have agreed to receive cookies.

Persistent for one year.


Google Analytics


These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Click here for an overview of privacy at Google


This cookie has two functions.

Firstly it serves as a session cookie for extranet users. Without this cookie, an extranet user will have to login to each individual page in the extranet.

it enables you to track the pages that a user visits while they navigate around your site.


Managing cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

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