Earl of Lindsay

Earl of Lindsay

Full title

The Earl of Lindsay


James Lindesay-Bethune



Joined the Lords

21 December 1989

Contact details

House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 0207 219 5353
Fax: 0207 219 5979


UK Parliament

Committee House Date
Partnerships (Prosecution) (Scotland) Bill Special Public Bill Committee Lords 2013-13
Select Committee on Science and Technology Sub-Committee 2 Lords 2004-05
EU Sub-Committee C Lords 1998-99
EU Sub-Committee C Lords 1993-95

Professional life

Job title Organisation Date
Chairman British Polythene Pension Scheme 2009-
Chairman SRUC Ltd. and SAC Commercial Ltd. 2007-
Non Exec Director BPI plc 2006-
Chairman United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) 2002-
Non Exec Director Scottish Resources Group 2001-13
Chairman Scottish Quality Salmon 1998-06
Non-Exec Director UA Group plc 1998-05
Chairman Assured British Meat 1997-01

Public life

Post Organisation Date
Member/Jt Chair Risk & Regulation Advisory Council 2009-10
Member Calman Commission (on Scottish Devolution) 2008-09
Deputy Lieutenant Fife 2007-
Member/Dep Chm Better Regulation Commission 2006-08
President Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland 2005-06
Chairman Moorland Forum 2005-
President Royal Scottish Geographical Society (Vice President 2012 – present) 2005-12
Chairman Elmwood College 2000-09
President International Tree Foundation (Vice President 2005 – present) 1995-05

Member's focus

Agriculture, animals, food and rural affairs
Business, industry and consumers
Energy and environment
Parliament, government and politics
Better Regulation

Register of Interests

  • 1: Directorships

    • Chairman, United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)
    • Non-executive Director, British Polythene Industries plc (BPI)
    • Chairman, SRUC Ltd (formerly SAC Ltd: Scottish Agricultural College)
    • Director & Chairman, Clinical Pathology Accreditation UK Ltd (subsidiary of United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS))
    • Chairman & Director, SAC Commercial Ltd (subsidiary of SRUC Ltd)
    • Chairman & Director, SAC Corporate Trustee Ltd (subsidiary of SRUC Ltd)
    • Chairman & Director, SAC Consulting Ltd (subsidiary of SRUC Ltd)
    • Chairman, BPI Pension Trustees Limited
  • 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

    • Farmer, landowner and property owner with rental income from cottages, holiday lets etc
    • Landowner
    • Property owner, cottage rentals, holiday lets etc.
  • 5: Land and property

    • Farmland in Fife including residential property
    • Wilderness (approximately 100 acres) on West Coast of Scotland including residential property
    • Flat in Edinburgh
  • 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality

    • As a member of the Lords and Commons Cigar Club I receive regular hospitality and invitations to events during the course of the calendar year which together amount to more than £140 and all of which are paid for by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association
  • 9: Miscellaneous financial interests

    • Chairman, Moorland Forum, from which a small sum is received quarterly
  • 10: Non-financial interests (a)

    • Director/Trustee, Leven Valley Development Trust
  • 10: Non-financial interests (b)

    • Member, Better Regulation Strategy Group (advises HMG, based at BIS)
  • 10: Non-financial interests (e)

    • Chairman, Friends of the Capercaillie
    • Vice President, Royal Scottish Geographical Society
    • Vice President, RSPB
    • Vice President, International Tree Foundation
    • Vice President, Royal Smithfield Club
    • President, National Trust for Scotland
    • Vice President, Trading Standards Institute
    • Trustee, Common Good Foundation