Why, for England, in subsection (1)(a), is the limitation set
“at any time within three years after the commission of the offence,”
whereas for Scotland, in subsection (2)(a), it is stated that proceedings
“must not be commenced after the expiration of three years from the commission of the offence”?
Can the Minister confirm that they mean the same thing, and if so, why they have not been drafted in the same way? I thought that the purpose of the Bill was to sort out such things.
They do not mean the same thing at all; they mean what they say. Again, it is a rather straightforward point.