Cookies are used on this website to improve user experience and for essential functionality; they are not used for identification purposes.

We use cookies on the website for the following reasons:

Google Analytics

These cookies help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and provide us with a better understanding of how our customers use our website.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:


Universal Analytics

Cookie Name Expiration Time Purpose
_ga 2 years This cookie is used to distinguish users, which helps us count how many people visit our website
_gat 10 minutes Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made


Google Analytics

Cookie Name Expiration Time Purpose
_utma 2 years Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to the MPS website or to a certain page
_utmb 30 minutes This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on the MPS website
_utmc When you close browser This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser
_utmz 6 months This tells us how you reached the MPS website (eg from another website or a search engine)

If you do not wish to send information to Google Analytics, an Opt-out Browser Add-on is also available, or you can configure your browser to enable you to choose which, if any, cookies are allowed to be created.

Session Cookies

Our website makes use of session cookies to enable us to identify requests from the same browser during a limited time window, and provides a way to persist variable values for the duration of that session.  Session cookies are essential for the website to operate and are set upon your arrival to the site.  These cookies are deleted when you close your browser.

Site messages

You may see pop-up messages on our site.  For example, a pop-up explaining our use of cookies on this site.  Once you have seen these messages we store cookies to ensure we do not show you the same message again.

Managing cookies

The cookies we use will be sent to your browser and then stored in the cookies directory on your computer. To find out how to reject, delete or update your cookie preferences in your browser you need to know what browser you use and what version of it you are using. Most browsers have guidelines on how to adjust cookie settings, use the ‘Help’ menu to find out this information.

You can learn more about managing cookies at the About Cookies website.

This privacy and cookie usage statement applies to and If you would like further information about website privacy and how we use cookies, please contact us.

For Data Protection and FOIA Requests:

FAO: CTPHQ Public Access Office
PO Box 57192