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Boundary Commission for England


When we provide information, we want to make the process easy and reliable. Where we do this on the internet, it sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example your 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:

  • enable us to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task; and
  • measure how many people are accessing information, so that there is enough capacity to ensure that this can be done quickly and easily.

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

Our use of cookies

Cookies for improving service

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Name Value Length & reason
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
_utmz randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

We also set a cookie if you opt to close the bar at the top of the screen warning about use of cookies on this site, to avoid presenting it again:

Name Value Length & reason
bcecookies true/false 6 months


For further information on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website