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48. In the light of the arguments discussed above and in the absence of evidence of hardship or difficulties with the present law, the Government considers that if the multiple publication rule were retained, the limitation period should not be extended from the current period of one year from the date of publication (with discretion to extend). If a single publication rule were to be introduced, the Government considers that the arguments for extending the limitation period beyond one year are not strong. However, the questions of whether a ‘date of publication’ or ‘date of knowledge’ approach should be used, and whether the latter should be accompanied by a ten year long-stop from the date of publication, appear more finely balanced.

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