Welcome to the UK Parliament Web Archive

We capture, preserve, and make accessible UK Parliament information published on the web. The web archive includes UK Parliament websites and social media dating from 2009 to the present.

This collection of archived web content was selected for preservation by the Parliamentary Archives.

Your privacy: how cookies are used on the Parliament Web Archives


When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

What are cookies?

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with govt services so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them on GOV.UK: Cookies. If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit: About cookies: How to control cookies.

Our use of cookies

By understanding how people use the Parliamentary web archive, we can make improvements to the navigation and content to make the site better and easier to access.
We use Google Analytics to gather data on the number of people accessing our site, where they are accessing from, what pages they visit, and what technology they are using. Google Analytics cannot identify your personally, but does allow us to understand our users as a group, for example by recording what browsers are being used.

Hotjar

We also run Hotjar to gather data on where users are clicking on pages, how they are viewing single and multiple pages, and to ask simple polls. These cookies record if a user has answered the question or hidden the notifier, so that it stays hidden on all pages.

Cookies in use

Name: _hjDonePolls
Purpose: Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.
Expires: 365 days

Name: _hjMinimizedPolls
Purpose: Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site.
Expires: 365 days

Name: _hjDoneTestersWidgets
Purpose: Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.
Expires: 365 days

Name: _hjMinimizedTestersWidgets
Purpose: Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site.
Expires: 365 days

Name: _hjIncludedInSample
Purpose: Hotjar cookie. This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels.
Expires: 365 days

Name: _gid
Purpose: Google Analytics cookie. This session cookie is set to let Google Analytics distinguish users.
Expires: 24 hours

Name: _ga
Purpose: Google Analytics cookie. This session cookie is set to let Google Analytics distinguish users.
Expires: 2 years

Name: _gat_UA-108343642-1
Purpose: Google Analytics cookie. This Google Analytics session cookie contains campaign related information for the user.
Expires: 90 days