Cookies are small data files that websites generate and ask to store on your computer. Most websites use cookies in one form or another. They are typically used to:

  • remember settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remember information you give to a website, such as a list of products in your shopping basket
  • measure how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs

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The tables below explain the main cookies set by these sites and their purpose.

Measuring Website Usage

Google Analytics is in use to collect information about how visitors use this site. This provides us with important information that can enable the site to work better. We do not link this information to your name or address.

The following cookies are used by Google Analytics:

Name            Typical content                Cookie expires after

_utma           Randomly generated ID     2 years

_utmb           Randomly generated ID     30 minutes

_utmc           Randomly generated ID     When you close your browser

_utmz           Randomly generated ID      6 months


Understanding your web browser capabilities

We set some cookies to store information about your browser settings, to understand which functionality to enable on the site. The following cookies are used:

Name          Typical content           Cookie expires after

has_js         1 or blank                 When you close your web browser


AddThis sharing

Associated with the AddThis social sharing widget.

Name          Typical content                                   Cookie expires after

_atuvc         Stores an updated page share count     2 years

_atuvs         Stores an updated page share count     2 years


Option to decline use of cookies

You can prevent your browser from accepting certain cookies, have the browser require your consent before a new cookie is placed in your browser, or block cookies altogether by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser's privacy preferences menu.  To avoid receiving cookies on the browser of your mobile device, you will need to refer to its user manual.

Last updated - January 2015

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