Cookie Policy

This website is provided by the Office for National Statistics (hereafter “ONS”).

User Information

ONS uses cookies to gather anonymous information about visitors' usage patterns, to improve the navigation of the site, the presentation of its content and the quality of its services.

The information collected does not include personal details such as your name, age, telephone number, postal address or email address, nor does it allow personal identification of a user.


When ONS provides services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable.

Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone.

These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

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 using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through internet browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them.

This website’s Usage of Cookies

We gather this data using Google Analytics and Hotjar - technology services that help us collect and analyse data to understand how people use our website.

The cookies we use via our technology services include:




_ga; _gat; _gat_UA: _gat_gtag; _gid

These are all Google analytics cookies. More information on Google analytics cookie usage, including durations, can be found here.



This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate Heatmaps, Funnels, Recordings, etc. More information can be found here.



Used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis.

1 Year


This cookie in J2EE us used in session tracking.



This cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website.

1 Month



19 Years


The NID cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.

6 Months



10 Min


The cookies we set for measuring use of services include:





The value of this cookie triggers the clean-up of local cache storage.

24 Hours


Local storage of visitor-specific content that enables ecommerce functions.

24 Hours


Forces local storage of specific content sections that should be invalidated.

24 Hours


Tracks error messages and other notifications that are shown to the user. The message is deleted from the cookie after it is shown.

24 Hours


Tracks the version of translations in local storage. Used when Translation Strategy is configured as "Dictionary”.

24 Hours


Stores translated content when requested by the shopper. Used when Translation Strategy is configured as "Dictionary”

24 Hours


Stores configuration for product data related to Recently Viewed / Compared Products.

24 Hours


Stores product IDs of recently compared products.

24 Hours


Stores product IDs of previously compared products for easy navigation

24 Hours


Stores product IDs of recently viewed products for easy navigation.

24 Hours


Stores product IDs of recently previously viewed products for easy navigation.

24 Hours

By understanding how people use our website, we can improve the information provided.

These lists may not always be complete. It will be regularly updated as further information is gathered from other companies and organisations that we work with.

For further details, please see Google’s privacy policy, and Hotjar’s privacy policy.

Opt out

You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by following these instructions.

You can opt-out of Hotjar tracking by following these instructions.

External links

This site contains links to other sites.

ONS is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.


This website has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control.

Contacting the website

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, you can contact us.