What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files containing pieces of information that websites can store on your computer’s hard disk. Cookies enable users to navigate around the website and (where appropriate) allow us to continually improve the website and make it more efficient to use on future visits.
We use two types of cookies on this website:
Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain on your machine only for as long as you are on the website and are deleted after each visit
Persistent cookies which remain on your machine until expiry or deletion (many of these have automatic deletion dates). Persistent cookies may store your personal preferences, for example your language preferences on multi-lingual sites. They may also be used to record activity you may have previously completed, such as completing an online survey, so that you are not asked to complete the survey every time you use the site.
We use some ‘strictly necessary’ cookies within our online services. These are limited to those deemed essential to provide you with the services you have requested, for example "the shopping basket and checkout", and therefore must be allowed to continue with that service.
Collect anonymous information that will help us understand visitor browsing habits on our website;
compile statistical reports on website activity, e.g. number of visitors and the pages they visit;
in some cases, remember information about you when you visit our site. We may need to do this to provide some of our services.
We sometimes use third parties to assist us in the analysis of visits to and performance of our website, but no personal information is collected and no personal information is sent to the third parties for this purpose.
||PHP Session Cookie - used to store data for the user's session (until the browser is closed). This includes important information the website needs to store in order to operate at full functionality.
||First party - integral to site operation
||Used to layout the website responsively on different sized screens by detecting the window size of your browser.
||First party - integral to site appearance
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||Google Analytics cookies for anonymously tracking visitor data and profiles
||Third party - useful for NHGS to make user specific improvements to the website
Changing your cookie settings
You can block any cookies from any website through your browser settings. For more specific information about how to do this and how to manage cookies to suit your preferences, including deleting those that have already been added to your computer, please visit www.aboutcookies.org.
Please note that some parts of our website will not function properly if you reject cookies.
Consent to cookies
If you continue to use this site without disabling cookies we will take that as your consent for us to place cookies on your computer. Please remember if you do disable cookies then some parts of our website may not work properly and you will not be able to use some of our services.