The Agriculture Appeals Office operates independently of my Department.
A review of the Appeals Officer's decision is required to determine if the Appeals Officer made an error of fact or law in that decision or, in cases where new information is provided, if the decision was erroneous in the light of new evidence or of new facts submitted since the date on which the decision was given.
Requests for reviews are generally dealt with in chronological order. A number of requests for reviews were received prior to the request concerned. I am advised that every effort is being made to finalise the review of the case concerned as soon as possible and that it is anticipated that a decision will issue shortly.