The person named applied on 21 animals under the 2000 cattle headage scheme. At an inspection carried out on his herd on 25 October 2000, it was found that one animal had lost its ear tag and two animals had never been tagged. The person named was informed in writing on the day of inspection that the three animals were rejected for grants because of the missing tags, and that the grants on the remaining animals would be reduced.
My Department wrote to the person named on 20 February 2001 advising him that no grants would be paid on the animals without tags, and that the grants payable on the remaining animals would be subject to a reduced payment in accordance with clauses 13(a) and 20(a) of the conditions governing the scheme. He was given the opportunity to have this decision reviewed by writing to my Department within 21 days setting out any facts which he wished to put forward to support his case. As no reply has been received, processing of the application for 2000 cattle headage grants is being finalised, and payment of £380.61 will issue within the next seven days.