Cookie Policy

When you visit our site, we want to make your visit easy and interesting. Where pages are viewed or when information is sought and given, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone.


These include small files known as cookies which are small text files stored on your computer while you are visiting a website. Cookies help make websites work. They also provide us with aggregated information about how users interact with our site. We use this information to try to improve your experience on our website.


We may use cookies to remember personal settings you have chosen at our website (for example, when you wish to register an interest in the website and ask for a member of the secretariat to contact you). In no other context do we use cookies to collect information that identifies you personally. Most of the cookies we set are automatically deleted from your computer when you leave our website or shortly afterwards. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:


  • Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task.
  • Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web  page  requested
  • Measuring how many people are viewing our site and which pages they view most, so that we can ensure the site is easier to use and pages quicker to find.


If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website;  for further information on 'cookies' please visit these informative webpages:


       Cookies: Frequently Asked Questions

       How to control cookies

       How to delete cookies


We currently have two sets of cookies on our website:


1. Contact validation


The first is a first party session cookie which is used to validate the CAPTCHA on the contact form (the code that users have to type in at the bottom of the contact form – the cookie is used to check that the code typed in matches the code shown to that user session), and is also used for the ‘Back to News’ links on the News detail pages.


2. Web analytics


The second is a third-party service – Google Analytics – which is used to collect aggregate data about usage of our website. We use this information to try to improve our web-based services. Google Analytics sets several cookies on your browser. We do not control the use of these third-party cookies, and you should check Google's privacy policy if you have concerns.


Local Shared Objects (Flash cookies)

Some of our pages include videos embedded from YouTube, which uses the Adobe Flash Player. To improve user experience, Local Shared Objects - or Flash cookies as they are commonly known - are employed to provide features such as auto-resume and for saving your preferences. Flash cookies are stored on a user's terminal much the same as cookies are, however it is not possible to manage them at browser level in the same way.


Links to external websites

Whenever possible it is our policy to obtain permission to link to other websites. Occasionally we point visitors to other websites of interest. We are not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites and listing should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the content or availability of linked pages.


Personal information - Privacy Statement

The website is not used to capture and store personal information, but merely logs the user's IP address (Internet Protocol: standard allowing data to be transmitted between two devices) which is automatically recognised by the web server.

This privacy statement only covers our website at  This privacy statement does not cover other websites linked to from this domain.


If you have any queries please contact the Provincial Web Site Editor by email.