How we use Cookies

This website site and some of the tools and services it links to use a number of cookies. These cookies are listed below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Measuring website usage

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use our website. We do this to make sure it’s meeting people's needs and to understand how we could meet those needs better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal details such as your name or address. We cannot identify who you are.

We do not allow Google to use or share any information we collect with other third parties.

Google Analytics
Name of cookie Typical content Expires
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randomly generated number

when you close your browser
_gat

randomly generated number

10 minutes 

Service availability

We use cookies which help improve service availability and security across this website.

Name of cookies Typical content Expires
NIGOV randomly generated number when you close your browser
NIGOV_.thisdomain.gov.uk
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randomly generated number when you close your browser

Remembering your settings

This website uses cookies to remember if you have received the cookie warning message so that this message doesn't appear more than once.

Cookie warning
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EUCompliance on

1 year

We also set cookies to remember your display preferences.

Display preferences
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has_js 1 when you close your browser
Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight 0 1 year

Applications that we link to

We link to a number of external applications belonging to this Department. Where a launch page exists for an application, information about Cookies it uses are highlighted on that page.

'Third-party' cookies

Third-party cookies are cookies created by a website other than the one you are currently visiting. We currently embed services from third party websites to provide extra functionality.

Google Maps

This website uses Google Maps to provide visual geo-location information on various government organisations and services.

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YouTube

This website embeds videos from YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set the following cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.

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Social sharing

This website uses the AddToAny social bookmarking tool to enable social sharing icons for Facebook and Twitter.

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AddToAny
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page_services tumblr%2Cfacebook%2Ctwitter 10 years
uvc 1 1 day
__utma randomly generated number 2 years
__utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
__utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
__utmz randomly generated number 6 months