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Terms and conditions

Using our website

The website is maintained for your personal use and viewing. Access and use by you of this site constitutes your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. This takes effect from the date on which you first use this website.

You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this site by any third party. Such restriction or inhibition includes, without limitation, conduct which is unlawful which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person, and the transmission of obscene, or offensive content.

Using content

The material on this website is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. Read the Crown Copyright page on the National Archives website for more information. is published under the Open Government Licence, and you can reproduce information from the site as long as you obey the terms of that licence.

The material is licensed 'as is' and we exclude all representations, warranties, obligations and liabilities in relation to the material to the maximum extent permitted by law.

We are not liable for any errors or omissions in the material and shall not be liable for any loss, injury or damage of any kind caused by its use. We do not guarantee the continued supply of the material.

Hyperlinking and content sharing policy

Hyperlinking to the website

When using you may access other government websites. Each of these websites may have its own terms and conditions. When accessing those websites you should make sure you have read the relevant terms and conditions.

Except in relation to other government websites, we are not responsible for the content or reliability of any website or social media service we link to and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Users are able to share content of this site with others and we are not responsible for their decision to do so. We are not responsible for anything written by users when sharing content on social media and we do not necessarily share any views or opinions expressed by them. The facility we provide to share content will in part depend on the proper functioning of services outside our control and we cannot guarantee their availability.

Hyperlinking from the website

We aim to replace broken links to other sites but cannot guarantee that these links will always work as we have no control over the availability of other sites.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.


This website requires the use of cookies to function correctly. You can view a full list cookies and their purpose in our Privacy and Cookies Policy.


The website and material relating to its information, products and services (or to third party information, products and services), is provided 'as is', without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

We do not warrant that the functions contained in the material contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy, reliability of the materials. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of, data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the website.