Cookies

When we provide information, we want to make the process easy and reliable. Where we do this on the internet, it sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example your 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: enable us to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task; and measure how many people are accessing information, so that there is enough capacity to ensure that this can be done quickly and easily. 

Cookies in the analytics category are opted into by the user through the cookies banner when you first come to the site. Cookies in the essential category are required by the site to run correctly and therefore always need to be on. You can change these settings by clicking the Cookie settings tab at the top centre of your screen.

The table below explains the cookies we use on the consultation area and why.

Category

Name

Set by

Duration

Description

         

Essential

has_js

Application

Expires at the end of browser session

Used to record whether or not the user\'s browser has JavaScript enabled. This allows us decide what kind of functionality is supported

         

Essential

PHPSESSID

Application

23 days

Track the user's session so that requests and responses can be matched up. This allows log-in functionality to work and prevents certain types of security exploits.

         

Essential

cookie-agreed

Application

3 months

Stores whether a user has provided consent for cookies to be stored.

         

Essential

cookie-agreed-categories

Application

3 months

Stores which cookies a user has consented to.

         

Essential

cookie-agreed-version

Application

3 months

Stores which cookie policy version a user has consented to.

         

Analytics

_fbp

Facebook

3 months

Enables rich insights about how Facebook users are using this website and for measuring the performance of the website and remarketing purposes.

         

Analytics

spin

Facebook

1 day

Tracks every time a person visits another Facebook page or clicks a “like” button on a third party website.

         

Analytics

fr

Facebook

3 months

Allows Facebook to follow your surfing behavior across other websites which have implemented Facebook pixel.

         

Analytics

c_user

Facebook

1 year

Enables rich insights about how Facebook users are using this website and for measuring the performance of the website and remarketing purposes.

         

Analytics

wd

Facebook

1 week

This cookie stores the browser window dimensions and is used by Facebook to optimise the rendering of the page.

         

Analytics

sb

Facebook

2 years

Used by Facebook to improve friend suggestions.

         

Analytics

xs

Facebook

1 year

Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.

         

Analytics

datr

Facebook

2 years

Identifies the web browser being used.

         

Analytics

_ga

Google Analytics

2 years

Used to distinguish different users for the purposes of collecting information on site usage.

         

Analytics

_gid

Google Analytics

24 hours

Used to distinguish different users for the purposes of collecting information on site usage.

         

Analytics

__utma

Google Analytics

2 years

Determines the number of unique visitors to the site.

         

Analytics

__utmb

Google Analytics

30 minutes

This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on any site.

         

Analytics

__utmc

Google Analytics

Expires at the end of browser session

This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser.

         

Analytics

__utmt

Google Analytics

10 minutes

Used to throttle the request rate to Google Analytics.

         

Analytics

__utmz

Google Analytics

6 months

This provides information about how you reached the site.