Privacy and data protection

The Data Protection Act regulates the way in which personal information about individuals, whether held on a computer or in a manual filing system, is obtained, stored, used and disclosed.

It grants rights to individuals to see the data stored about them and to require modification of the data if it is wrong. We are registered with the Information Commissioner for the purposes of the Act.


Some websites store small pieces of data on your computer or other device to make it easier for you to use their services. These pieces of information are called cookies.

This page tells you more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how you can manage them if you choose.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small piece of information which is sent to your computer or other device when you visit a website for the first time. This information allows the website to recognise your computer or device if you visit the site again.

How do cookies work?

When you visit a site which uses cookies for the first time, a cookie will be stored on your computer or device.

The next time you visit that site your device will send the cookie back to the site along with the information it contains. This information allows the site to recognise you and what you were doing during your last visit.

This can be useful for things such as seeing how many people visit a website, or for saving items to a shopping cart or displaying a quick checkout option when shopping online.

Are cookies harmful?

Cookies only ever contain text and so are generally safe. They are not programs so they can not contain a virus or anything which will harm your computer.

They can not collect information from your computer and can normally only be read by the website which creates them.

How we use cookies

We use a small number of cookies to help make our website easier to use.

We never use cookies to collect any personal information which we can use to identify you.

These cookies are required to make our website work the way it is intended.

The table below explains the cookies, how they are used, and how long they remain.

splash_seen Used to tell whether the visitor has seen the homepage splash screen. End of browsing session

Cookies set by Google Analytics

We use a web analytics package from Google. Google set some cookies that allow us to collect useful information about how our website is used and enables us to make our website better.

How to block or delete cookies

There are settings in your web browser which will allow you to do this. The Help function in your browser should tell you how.

If you use your mobile phone or other device to browse the web, details of how to manage cookies should be in the handbook.

You can also visit Aboutcookies for more information about how to block or delete cookies on your computer.

You should be aware that some websites may not run smoothly if you decide to block or delete cookies and some may not function at all.

Your online choices is a helpful website which tells you more about advertising cookies and how to manage your online privacy.