Long hand

6th October 2000 at 01:00
The expert adviser to the Parliament's education committee as it probes the exam fiasco is Hamish Long, who spent most of his career with the much lamented Scottish Examination Board and retired as director when it was amalgamated with the Scottish Vocational Education Council to form the ill-starred Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Despite speculation (Jotter, September 22) that money would be no objct in securing the services of the right person to hold the committee's hand, Long will have to get by on the standard pound;137 a day. This week's earnings? A snip at pound;274. Let's hope the SQA is not handling his cheques.

Incidentally, although MSPs discussed the possibility of hiring John MacBeath, he says that he was never in the frame. He has too much on in his new job at Cambridge University.

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