Hissingsid - 11:27 am on May 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
The DirectGov cookies page is amusing. It makes no mention of consent, it simply lists reams and reams of information on which cookies are set, specific details about them and when they will expire etc. It has links to other sites so you can read their information about cookies and links to pages about how to manage cookies on your browser but no mechanism for requesting consent, no means to revoke consent, no easy method to delete cookies and nowhere that says that it is a condition of use that consent be assumed to have been given by virtue of continued usage.
In short unless they are going to be busy this afternoon and tomorrow there is absolutely on way that they will be compliant.