708. Legal proceedings.

708.     Legal proceedings.

Notwithstanding anything in any enactment1, proceedings for an offence under the Opticians Act 1989 Part 42 may be begun at any time within the period of six months beginning with the date on which evidence sufficient in the opinion of the General Optical Council3 to justify a prosecution for the offence comes to the Council's knowledge, or within a period of two years beginning with the date of the commission of the offence, whichever period first expires4.