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You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but please read the information below before you do as some parts of the site will not work if cookies are blocked.

Cookies used by this website

This website uses a number of cookies.  We do not use cookies to store personal data nor do we link non-personal information stored in cookies with personal data about specific individuals.

Three of the cookies we use are essential for parts of the site to operate: Our Session Cookie (remembers and supports your search whilst you are using the website), Side Navigation cookie (remembers what you have expanded) and our WordPress cookie (we need this to manage our website).  These cookies disappear once you have left our website. You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but parts of the site will not work.

Data stored by our cookies that are essential for the functionality of our website: PHPSESSID, __utmc, __utma, __utmz, __utma_a2a, __utmb

In order that we can improve our online services we also use Google Analytics which uses cookies to collect information about your visits to this website.  These statistics do not contain personal data and cannot be traced back to an individual.

We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic to and around this website.  Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. which uses cookies to help us analyse how people use the site so that we can improve the website over time.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you in the manner and for the purposes set out in this information.

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