Privacy policy

We are strongly committed to protecting the privacy of users of this website, and do all that we can to protect information about participants.

Data protection

Any information you provide will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Your personal details will not normally be disclosed to third parties. In some circumstances however we may need to disclose your personal details to another Government Department or technology supplier so that they can provide a service you have requested, or fulfill a request for information. Any information about you that we pass to a third party will be held securely by that party, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and used only to provide the services or information you have requested.

You have a right to request a copy of your personal details at any time to check the accuracy of the information held. If you want to ask whether we hold any personal data relating to you, please contact us by email at

Information we collect from visitors

We collect information from visitors relating to:

1. Responses to the consultation

If you tell us about yourself and submit personal information (name, email, age, region, gender) as part of your response to the consultation through this website, we will only use this information to help us manage the consultation responses and to notify you of future consultations that may be of interest.

2. Comments submitted

This website uses Disqus, a third party comment application to provide it's commenting facility. If you choose to submit a public comment on this website, you will be asked to post as a guest and to give your email address and name along with your comment. Alternatively you can login to post your comment using an existing Disqus, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo! account.

Your guest name or registered Disqua, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo! username will be published alongside your comments.

You can read the Disqus Privacy Policy here.

3. Site usage information

i) Cookies

Cookies are pieces of data created when you visit a site, and contain a unique, anonymous number. They are stored on the device you used to visit the site, and do not expire at the end of your session. Cookies do not contain any personal information about you and cannot be used to identify an individual user. Most web browsers will let you specify that you be prompted before a site puts a cookie on your device, so that you can decide whether to allow or disallow the cookie. Alternatively, you can set your device not to accept any cookie. If you choose not to accept the cookie, this will not affect your access to the majority of facilities available on our web site.

This website uses cookies to:

1) remember your preference settings for some of our online services
2) improve our understanding of how people use our website, through web analytics

ii) Log files

Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. These logs are automatically generated from all our visitors, which we use to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information about you.

If you have a query or complaint about this privacy policy or about the site, you can contact us