Earl of Selborne

Earl of Selborne

Full title

The Earl of Selborne GBE FRS DL


John Palmer



Joined the Lords

23 December 1971

Contact details

External/Private Office

Temple Manor, Selborne, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3LR
Tel: 01420 473646


House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 0207 219 6171
Fax: 020 7219 5979


UK Parliament

Committee House Date
Communications Committee (L) Lords 2011-14
Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I Lords 2005-11
Science and Technology Committee (L) (Chairman) Lords 2014-
Science and Technology Committee (L) Lords 2005-
EU Sub-Committee D - Environment and Agriculture Lords 2003-04
European Union Committee (L) Lords 1999-03
EU Sub-Committee D Lords 1999-03
EU Sub-Committee C Lords 1998-99
Science and Technology Committee (L) Lords 1994-97
Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I Lords 1993-01
European Union Committee (L) Lords 1991-93
Select Committee on Science and Technology Sub-Committee 2 Lords 1990-94
EU Sub-Committee D Lords 1990-91

Political life – other

Job title Organisation Date
County Councillor Hampshire County Council 1967-74

Professional life

Job title Organisation Date
Non Executive Director Lloyds TSB 1995-04
Chairman Blackmoor Estate Co 1990-
Managing Director Blackmoor Estate Co 1962-04

Public life

Post Organisation Date
Chairman Foundation for Science and Technology 2006-
Chair of Trustees Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2003-09
President Royal Geographical Society 1997-00
Chancellor University of Southampton 1996-06
Chairman Joint Nature Conservation Committee 1991-97
Chairman Rank Prize Funds 1991-15
Chairman Agricultural and Food Research Council 1983-89
Chairman Hops Marketing Board 1978-82
Vice Chairman Apple and Pear Development Council 1969-73

Member's focus

Agriculture, animals, food and rural affairs
Energy and environment
Science and technology.

Register of Interests

  • 1: Directorships

    • Blackmoor Estate Ltd (farming)
  • 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

    • Mercers Company (a London City Livery Company)
    • Chairman, Thames Tunnel Commission 2011
    • The Member received a fee from Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council in respect of his membership of the Thames Tunnel Commission. The fee was paid to him via Blackmoor Estate Ltd (see category 1)
  • 4: Shareholdings (b)

    • Blackmoor Estate Ltd (farming)
    • Anglo American plc (mining and natural resources)
    • Prudential plc (financial services group)
    • Rio Tinto plc (mining)
    • Royal Dutch Shell plc (energy/oil)
    • Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust
  • 10: Non-financial interests (a)

    • Chair, Advisory Board, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • 10: Non-financial interests (e)

    • Trustee, Parliamentary Science and Technology Information Foundation
    • Chairman, Rank Prize Funds
    • Chairman, Foundation for Science and Technology
    • Vice President, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust