Cookies Policy

We are committed to being transparent about our use of cookies. We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • Test cookies allow us to find out whether cookies are enabled on your computer.
  • Functional cookies enable the website to store responses to the consultation, and record whether you have opted-in or opted-out of the use of tracking cookies.
  • Analytical (tracking) cookies enable us to gather data about usage of the website.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file, placed on your computer or device when you visit a website. Cookies vary in (1) duration, (2) ownership and (3) use.

  1. Duration: how long does the cookie remain on your computer or device? All cookies are set to expire automatically: 'session' cookies expire when you close your browser, 'persistent' cookies expire after a fixed period of time. Cookies can also be deleted manually at any time using your web browser.
  2. Ownership: who does the cookie belong to? When you visit a website, the cookies that are set may be either 'first party' cookies that belong to that website, or 'third party' cookies belonging to some other website. This website does not set third party cookies.
  3. Use: what is the cookie for? A cookie may be essential to the functioning of a website or be used for a non-essential purpose such as tracking visits to the website.

The cookies we use

  1. Test cookies ('ses', 'dbyd1')

    We have to set a cookie on your computer or device in order for you to take part in the online consultation. To do this, we need to test whether your browser will allow us to set cookies when you arrive at the consultation website. The test involves us trying to set two test cookies. When you go to Login or Register we check for the presence of these cookies and if they have not been set we prompt you to enable cookies. These test cookies do not contain any significant content, just the words 'Test = 1'.
  2. First party session cookie - essential functional cookie ('ASPSESSION...')

    We need to set a session cookie to enable you to enter your consultation responses and look at any responses you have already submitted. This cookie consists of a string of letters that is used to identify you and distinguish you from other respondents. It does not contain any personal information about you.
  3. First party persistent cookies - functional cookies ('dbyd', 'TrackingOK')

    (a) We set a persistent cookie to enable you to recover information that you have entered as part of a response but not saved (i.e. submitted). This might happen if your internet connection is interrupted or you leave your computer for a while and your session is 'timed out'. This cookie is deleted when you log out of the consultation, but persists on your computer or device for 2 days if your session is interrupted before you log out.
    (b) If you opt-in or opt-out of the use of tracking cookies, we set a cookie that records your choice, so that when you go to a different page of the website or return to the website, you do not have to make this choice again. This cookie expires just after the end of the consultation on 2 Sep 2018.
  4. First party persistent cookies - analytical (tracking) cookies ('_ga', '_ga_gtag...', '_gid')

    If you agree, we will use Google Analytics to gather statistics about the traffic on this website. Google Analytics sets three cookies that allow us to track visits to pages on this website and to distinguish first time visits from repeat visits. To learn more about the Google Analytics cookies, please visit: (opens in a new tab/window).
Cookies which may be set by this website
Cookie Name Owner Use Content Duration
ASPSESSION IDSCBRBCTC This website Allows responses to be grouped by session (a session being a single visit to the website) CCLJOHPDPNBFFBIAOBCJLBKM (example of content) Session
dbyd1 This website Test cookie Test=1 1 day
ses This website Test cookie Test=1 Session
dbyd This website Allows preservation of un-submitted responses if connection to website is lost. cssSelected=& UHasSubmitted=D01%2C1& DocReg=D01& val=1& cssFont=& Browser=Default+Browser%2C+0& x073dfp=%7B8E068287 (example of content) 2 days
_ga This website Google Analytics - used to distinguish users 1 (example of content) 2 years
_gat_gtag_UA_XXXXXXXXXXXX This website Google Analytics - Used to throttle request rate 151172402.1.10.1348847951 (example of content) 1 min
_gid This website Google Analytics - used to distinguish users GA1.1.2130788830.1527256365 (example of content) 1 day
TrackingOK This website Tracking consent cookie Yes (example of content) Expires 30 Mar 2019

Will the site work if I disable cookies?

You do not need to enable cookies in order to visit this website, but 'session' cookies are required for you to register, log in, and take part in the online consultation. You may opt-in or opt-out of the setting of anlytical tracking cookies.

If you want to take part in the consultation but do not wish to set cookies on your computer or device, please contact us for other ways of submitting your response - e.g., by email or post.


  • If you disable session cookies in your browser, you will not be able to take part in the online consultation.
  • If you disable persistent cookies, you will be able to take part in the online consultation but the functions described under (3) and (4) above will not work. This means that you will lose unsubmitted responses if your session is 'timed out' or your internet connection is interrupted.
  • If you disable third party cookies, the functioning of the website will be unaffected and you will be able to take part in the online consultation.
  • If you disable analytical tracking cookies (by opting out), the functioning of the website will be unaffected and you will be able to take part in the online consultation. However, we will not be able to keep an anonymous record of which site pages you visit, and how often you visit, for purposes of analysis of site usage.

What browser cookie settings should I use?

Different browsers classify cookies in different ways, but in general you can either enable or disable a selected type of cookie for all websites, or for a named website. We recommend that you enable all cookies for this website. The minimum requirement for taking part in the consultation is that you enable session cookies from this website.

How do I change my browser settings?

The Information Commissioner's Office Cookie Information page (opens in a new tab/window) provides further information about cookies with links to instructions on cookie management for different browsers.

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