Cookies

Use of cookies

A cookie is a small message given to your web browser by websites you visit. The browser stores the message in a text file, and the message is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.We use cookies to provide us with anonymous aggregate information on how people use our website and to help us to know what they find interesting and useful on our website. 

Cookie settings

How cookies work

If you would like further information on Cookies please visit the BBC Webwise reference (external website).

The cookies we use

The headings below explain what cookies are set on our website and why.

Content Management System ASP Session cookie

ASP.NET_SessionId

The content management system uses this cookie as you navigate between pages on the website. It keeps a record of your session while on the website. The cookie expires once the browser is closed.

Google Analytics cookies

PageMode?

Used to save your preferred mode for viewing this site (mobile or full)

_utma

Used to collect information about how visitors use our site.

_utmb

Used to collect information about how visitors use our site.

_utmc

Used to collect information about how visitors use our site.

_utmz

Used to collect information about how visitors use our site.

_utmmobile

Used to collect information about how visitors use our site.

Twitter (cdn.syndication.twimg.com) cookie

lang

Remembers the user's selected language version of a website.

Can I delete or limit cookies?

Cookie settings

We recommend that you allow the above cookies, but if you decide that you would like to delete or control which cookies are allowed, then information on how to do this can be found by visiting aboutcookies.org.

To delete cookies or reject cookies

Most web browsers are set up to accept cookies. If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may be able to change the settings of your web browser to refuse all cookies or to notify you each time a cookie is sent to your computer, giving you the choice whether to accept it or not.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. If you do not want to receive cookies from this website, select cookie settings under the privacy settings in your browser options, add our domain to the list of websites you do not want accept cookies from.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit the all about cookies website (external website) or the cookies page on the UK Government website (external website).

Opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites (external website).

If you set your browser to refuse cookies, please be aware that there may be some functionality on various websites that will not work.