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Most cookies expire after a specified time, but you can manage them yourself, including deleting them from your computer or telling your browser whether to accept them.
- Read the Information Commissioner's Office's cookie advice for more information.
- recognising that you may already have entered information (such as a username and password or postcode) so you don't need to repeat it for every web page requested
- measuring how many people are using our services, so they can be made faster and easier to use
Our cookies are not used to identify you personally, only to make our websites work better for you.
Cookies may or may not be set during your visit, depending on what they are designed to do and whether they are dependent on certain actions triggering them.
Cookies set by other websites and services
We use Google Analytics on most of our websites to help us estimate the number of visitors to our websites, and how they navigate through them. Google Analytics sets cookies to store information about your visits.
We sometimes embed YouTube videos in our websites, which may set cookies on your computer when you start the player.
You can use ReadSpeaker on this website to have content read to you. ReadSpeaker sets cookies to remember your preferences.