Terms of Use

Online privacy statement

Our policy is to respect and protect the privacy of anyone who visits this website. This site has security measures in place to protect your information from being lost, misused or altered.

We collect IP addresses for system management and to audit site use. If you provide feedback on our website we will only use it to develop and improve the site. We will delete the actual feedback after six months but we may keep the analysis of the feedback. If you have signed up to receive an acknowledgement of your consultation response and further information about a particular consultation by email, we will hold your email address for those purposes. If you wish to unsubscribe, please refer to the confirmation email that we sent to you. You'll also find the unsubscribe link on future emails.

You have a right to request a copy of any personal information we are holding as part of your consultation response at any time to check the accuracy of the information held.

Confidentiality and data protection

If we asked you for personal information via the online consultation form, we'll only use this information to conduct the consultation exercise and not for any other purpose without your permission. In line with the government’s code of practice on consultations (available at http://www.bis.gov.uk/Policies/better-regulation/consultation-guidance), we will publish a summary of who has responded to each consultation and a summary of views expressed in response to each question, and we may publish full consultation responses on this website, elsewhere online and/or in printed form at the end of the consultation process.

On individual consultations, we may offer you the option to keep your response confidential.

We may publish or disclose information that you provide in response to this consultation in accordance with the access to information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), and the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA)). Where you opt to keep your response confidential, we would only disclose it if it becomes illegal to refuse to do so.


This site doesn't capture and store any personal information about individuals who access this Web site, except where you voluntarily contact us via the Submit Feedback form. The feedback form will record your screen resolution, IP address, browser version and the page you visited prior to leaving feedback.

The personal data you supply will be used exclusively for helping us assist you. We won't pass any of your personal data to outside organisations and/or individuals, except with your express consent.

This site uses cookies for site navigation and session management. These session management cookies do not contain any personally identifiable information. They are used only to help you navigate through the site and fill in consultations. They are not persistent and we deliberately delete their contents as soon as they are no longer useful for these purposes.

This site also uses Google Analytics. Google Analytics uses cookies internally. Analytics data is not associated with any information collected as part of any consultation. Please see the next section for information about how Google Analytics uses cookies.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.


This online response site is hosted by an external company on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. We undertake to maintain the accuracy of the information on this website but cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage which may occur from using the information.

If you find anything that causes concern, please use the feedback form where we welcome any feedback.

Images and photography

Images and photographs on this site are subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated.

Copyright/Open source licence

This website and its contents are the subject of copyright and such rights are owned or controlled for these purposes by the Ministry of Justice.

This website is based on Plone CMS, an open source software programme distributed under a GPL licence which you can view here http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html. This website and its contents may be copied, distributed or modified only in accordance with the terms of that licence and by using, copying, distributing or modifying this work, you agree that you have read, understood and will comply with the terms and conditions contained in that licence and that such redistributed or derivative work shall acknowledge the pre-existing copyright of the Ministry of Justice and note the date of any changes subsequently made.

This website and its contents are provided on an ‘as is’ basis without any warranty, representation or guarantee (express or implied) including but not limited to the accuracy, currency, fitness for any particular purpose or that the use of the website and its contents will not infringe any third party patents, copyrights, trade marks or other rights.

By using this site you accept these terms and conditions. This takes effect from the date on which you first use this website.