Notes About Cookies

In 2011 the government added a policies to the e-Privacy Directive governing the use of Cookies on web sites.

Since then the Information Commissioner's Office has released guidelines continually regarding the use of Cookies and the latest guidance document can be found here.

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a computer when the user accesses certain websites. They are widely used in order to make websites work or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

If you would like to know more about cookies including how to view cookies, manage and delete them please visit www.allaboutcookies.org  

If you would like to stop Google Analytics across all web sites you visit, please follow this link which outlines how to do this via google.
Its important that you get the most from our web site and to do this we do use cookies.  To ensure you can make an informed decision on weather you want to use our site or not, we've provided a list of what cookies we currently use.

If you wish to disable these cookies, please change the settings in your browser.

ASP Session
The ASP Session cookie is called ASPSESSIONIDACSTTSC and is built using ASP and generated via Microsoft's Internet Information Server to allow for the possibility of storing data within the users session. The lifespan of this cookie is for the user  session (i.e. the time you spend on our site) and naturally expires 20 minutes after the last page request from our server. It is not used in anyway but unfortunately it is not possible to remove it as its base of the base code of IIS and is critical in allowing our web site to function at its most basic level. For more information regarding the IIS generated cookie please click here

Google Analytics
We use google analytics to enable us to work out what pages on our web site are being used and which pages are not. This allows us to improve the content on pages which are not viewed or potentially archive them off. We do not get access to or use any personal information. The cookies generated by google have the following extensions _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz. These cookies collect information in an anonymous form including such things as the number of visitors to the site, the number of times a page was viewed within a month etc. The life span of these cookies are:
_utma persists for 2 years
_utmb persists for 1 day
_utmc persists for the duration of the visit to the website
_utmz persists for 8 months

To view more information regarding Google cookies please click here

We understand if you chose to not allow cookies however we cannot guarantee the operation of our site if you chose to do so. Information on disabling cookies can be found below.

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