Called to bar Inner Temple, 1925. Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe, City of London, Blackburn, 1934-1955. Member House of Lords, 1955-1984.
Privy counsellor, 1944-1984. Financial secretary Treasury Department, 1942-1944. Chairman Borax Holdings, 1958-1984, Mercantile Investment Trust, 1956-1984.
Vice chairman John Brown & Company, 1959-1984, Tube Investments. Deputy chairman National Westminster Bank. Director of the United States Borax and Chemical Corporation, also Coutts & Company, National Mutual Life Association Australia, English & Calddonian Investment Trust, Union Miniere, National Westminster Bank, Ltd., Rio Tinto Zinc Corporation, Ltd., National Provincial & Rothschild (International) Ltd., others.
Vice-Lieutenant County Lancashire, 1956-1984. Justice of peace, 1934-1984. Created Lord Clitheroe, 1955.
High Steward of Westminster, 1962.