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Two types of cookies are used on this website:
Session cookies which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you close the browser.Persistent cookies which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie). Cookies can help a website to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly.
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To remember your user type, preventing you from re-entering your choice on each visit to the site.
To help us recognise you as a unique visitor (by a randomly generated number) when you return to our website and to allow us to tailor content to match your preferred interests.
Within research surveys to ensure you are not invited to complete a questionnaire too often or after you have already done so.
Allow you to enter comments on our blog pages
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