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What are access keys?

Access keys are website-based shortcuts, allowing easy keyboard navigation in compatible browsers. They are especially helpful for people with disabilities who may browse the site without a mouse, using a screen reader or other specialist browser. They are also beneficial to users visiting the site on a mobile phone or any other handheld device.

Access key definitions

Access key definitions on this website broadly follow the recommendations made by the UK Government in 2002 for use on their own web pages. Apart from the letter "S", only numerical keys are used, in order to minimise conflicts with your web browser's built-in shortcuts.

S Skip to main page content (bypass banner image and navigation bar)
0 Go to access key index (this page)
1 Go to home page
2 Go to news page
3 Go to site map page
4 Go to search page
5 Go to FAQ page
8 Go to copyright notice page
9 Go to contact us page

The UK Government uses keys "6" and "7" for "Help" and "Complaints procedure", respectively. These keys are not applicable to this website, as all help topics are available through our other access keys, listed above, and complaints can be made on the "Contact us" page, also listed above.

How to use access keys

On most mobile phones, access keys can be triggered by pressing the relevent numeric key. In some browsers, they are only activated by holding another key while tapping the required key:

Internet Explorer

Hold ALT and press the required access key to focus on a link. Then press ENTER to activate the link.

Firefox

Hold ALT + SHIFT and press the required access key.

Chrome

On PC, hold ALT and press the required access key.
On Mac, hold CTRL + OPTION and press the required access key.

Safari

On Mac, hold CTRL + OPTION (in Safari version 3 or below, just CTRL) and press the required access key.
On PC, hold ALT and press the required access key.

Opera

Hold SHIFT + ESC and press the required access key.