Cookies and similar technologies

Necessary Cookies

You must tell people if you set cookies, and clearly explain what the cookies do and why. You must also get the user’s consent. Consent must be actively and clearly given.

There is an exception for cookies that are essential to provide an online service at someone’s request (eg to remember what’s in their online basket, or to ensure security in online banking).

The same rules also apply if you use any other type of technology to store or gain access to information on someone’s device.

Cookie NameWhat it's used for
cookiedrawer_dismissedCookie set to detect if cookie settings panel has been previously viewed.
ASP.NET_SessionIdIs a cookie which is used to identify the users session on the server. The session being an area on the server which can be used to store data in between http requests.

For information on how to manage cookies visit or to find out further information on specific cookies visit Cookiepedia.

Google Analytics Cookies

Google Analytics cookies help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it.

List of Google Analytics Cookies that can be set

Cookie NameWhat it's used for
_gaThis cookie is used to distinguish unique users.
_gatLimits the collection of data on high traffic sites.
_gidRecords a unique value for each page visited.
__utmaThis tracks visitor behaviour and measure site performance.
__utmvThis tracks visitor behaviour and measure site performance.