Privacy Policy


Cookies are small text files sent to your computer or mobile device by the websites that you visit. They help make websites work better and provide information to the owners of the site. For instance, this site uses YouTube cookies to embed videos in its pages and Google Analytics cookies to track users’ behaviour whilst on the site. By understanding how people use our site, we can improve the navigation and content to better meet people’s needs. The information collected by the Welsh Government includes IP address, pages visited, browser and operating system. The data will not be used to identify any user personally. The cookies we use on our site are:

CookieNameDescription & Purpose

Google Analytics

_utmaLike _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to GOV.UK or to a certain page
 _utmbThis works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on GOV.UK
 _utmcThis works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser
 _utmzThis tells us how you reached GOV.UK (eg from another website or a search engine)


__atuvcUsed by the AddThis social sharing buttons
 __atuvsUsed by the AddThis social sharing buttons

Drupal cookies

has_jsDrupal uses this cookie to indicate whether or not the visitors browser has JavaScript enabled.

Cookie control widget

cookie_agreedStores your cookie control preference. This is always set.


Web browsers allow some control of cookies through browser settings. To find out more about cookies and how to manage them, visit

What information do we collect?

We monitor user activity to enhance content provided on this site. This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ('Google'). Google Analytics uses 'cookies' and JavaScript code to help analyse user activity on websites. The information generated about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored on Google servers in the United States.

Google will use this information to produce user activity reports for this website. 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 previously held. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. Please note that if cookies are disabled, 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.

Read Google's Privacy Policy and Google's Terms of Service for detailed information.

This site, from time to time, links to SurveyMonkey forms for data collection. This data is processed in the US and its handling satisfies the provisions of the Data

Protection Act

We collect information direct from you when you register your details on the website (e.g. so that we can send you information, now or in the future; and if you enter any competition featured on the website. The data we collect may include personal data and may include your name, email address and home address. We are required by H.M. Revenue & Customs to store and collect information about the country you live in. By disclosing personal information to us, you consent to the collection, storage and processing of information as set out in this Privacy Policy.


We will use the information you provide for the purposes of issuing you the newsletters to which you have subscribed.

In signing up for this/these newsletter(s), your contact information will be included on a database held by the Welsh Government Department which produces the newsletter . This means that from time to time you may also receive other marketing information which may be of interest to you from this Department.
Except where required by law, we will only pass on your personal information to third parties with your consent.

We would like to remind you that you have a right to see any personal information we hold about you, and you have a right to correct any inaccuracies in it.

By completing and submitting this form, you consent to us holding and using your personal information in accordance with this notice.


We welcome your feedback. If you contact us asking for information, we may need to contact other government departments to find that information. If your question is technical, we may need to pass it to our technology suppliers.

We do not pass on any of your personal information when dealing with your enquiry, unless you have given us permission to do so.

Once we have replied to you, we keep a record of your message for audit purposes.

The Data Protection Act

Under the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We use leading technologies and encryption software to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it.

We do not pass on your details to any third party or other government department.

Access to your information and contacting us

If you wish to see our records of any correspondence you have sent to us, or if you have a query or complaint about this privacy policy or about the site, you can contact the   

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.