Terms and conditions


North Review takes every effort to ensure that the information published on this web site is accurate. However, North Review cannot accept any liability for the accuracy or content. Visitors who rely on this information do so at their own risk.

Where a document provides guidance on the law it should not be regarded as definitive. The way the law applies to any particular case can vary according to circumstances, and you should consider seeking independent legal advice if you are unsure of your own legal position.

Privacy statement

This statement covers the services provided by the North Review website: http://www.independent.gov.uk/northreview.

The purpose of this statement is to inform users of the North Review website, which is managed by the North Review team, about the information that is collected from them when they visit this site, how this information is used, if it is disclosed and the ways in which we protect users' privacy.

Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act 1998 establishes rights for individuals who disclose their personal information - where personal information is widely defined - to any organisation for any purposes involving processing of that information. Any organisation which processes information about living individuals is a data controller for the purposes of the Act; that is a person who determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal data are, or are to be, processed. A data controller is required by the Act to ensure that the data subject has, is provided with, or has made readily available to him certain specified information, including the data controller's identity, the identity of any other person to whom he may disclose the information, and the purpose or purposes for which the data are intended to be processed.

The data controller in relation to this web site is North Review. The purposes for which the data are intended to be processed are as follows:

1. Comments, questions and feedback

If you send an enquiry by e-mail to either a specific contact or a general enquiry address identified on the North Review web site, we will only use your personal details obtained from your enquiry to respond to your query or improve the site. In some instances, it may not be possible for North Review to provide the information requested directly. In such circumstances we may pass your enquiry to another government department so that they can fulfil your information request. In either case we shall delete your personal data once we have acknowledged your comment, responded to your request or passed it on to another Department.

2. Site usage information

i) Cookies

Cookies are pieces of data that are often created when you visit a web site and are stored in the cookie directory of your own computer.

Cookies do not create a record on the North Review website or its computers and thus they do not contain any personal information about you, nor can they be used to identify individual users.

ii) Log files

Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. North Review puts together log file information from all our visitors, which we use solely to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information on it, based on the way that visitors navigate around it. Log files are records of the visits made to the site from e-mail addresses and thus effectively contain personal information about you, areas in which you have expressed an interest, and so on. We do not make any other use of this personal information, nor do we pass it on to any other organisation.

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regular updating of 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.

General help

For further help about this web site please contact the NorthReview@dft.gsi.gov.uk email account.

Copyright and neighbouring rights

The material featured on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. The Crown copyright protected material (other than departmental or agency logos) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research, private study or for internal circulation within an organisation. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. Where any of the Crown copyright items on this site are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified, the copyright status must be acknowledged, and any usage fees incurred must be paid.

For any other proposed use of the material please apply for the appropriate Click-Use online licence by visiting HMSO's website at www.opsi.gov.uk/click-use or by writing to HMSO at The Licensing Division, HMSO, St Clements House, 2-16 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BQ, Fax: 01603 723000 or email: HMSO Licensing. Value added material on this web site includes video clips, final research reports, best practice advice and guidance.

The permission to reproduce material does not extend to anything on this site identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.

For further information on Crown copyright policy and licensing arrangements, see the guidance at www.opsi.gov.uk.


The names, images and logos identifying North Review are propriety marks of the Crown. The copying and use of the North Review logo and other North Review-related logos is not permitted without prior approval of the North Review. Permission requests should be directed to the North Review team via NorthReview@dft.gsi.gov.uk. Tell us who you are, the organisation you represent (if any), how and why you wish to use our logo. Please include your contact details, including name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail.

Virus protection

North Review makes every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for users to run an anti virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet.

North Review cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material off the North Review web site.

Hyperlinking policy

Linking to us at North Review

North Review encourages users to establish hypertext links to http://www.independent.gov.uk/northreview. You don't have to ask permission to link to pages hosted on the North Review website, however we do not permit our pages to be loaded into frames on your site. The North Review pages must load into the user's entire window. We do not permit the use of our logos as promotional or hypertext objects.

Linking by us at the North Review

The North Review does not link to commercial websites. If your site is non-commercial, please contact the North Review webmaster about establishing a hyperlink. It is our policy to obtain permission from websites to which we would like to hyperlink.

Note that the North Review is not responsible for the contents or reliability of hyperlinked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Should a hyperlink be made, listing should not be taken as endorsement. We cannot guarantee that hyperlinks will work as we have no control over the availability of the linked pages.