When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
- enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
- recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
- measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast
You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them at www.aboutcookies.org.
Our website asks your browser to set these cookies for a finite period of time.
We have deemed the following cookies 'strictly necessary' to ensure our site(s) provide(s) you with a satisfactory service and these cookies will be set automatically. You can still control and delete these cookies if you choose to.
|To remember your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service and once you have logged on with username and password, so you don't have to do it for every Web page you request from our service.||Expires: 30 years|
|JSESSIONID||As our site is accessed by more than one person at a time, this Cookie is used to allow us to tell them apart from one another.||Expires: When you exit your browser|
How to control and delete cookies
If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.
If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.
For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.