Patrick Pery, 6th Earl of Limerick
Pery was the son of Edmund Pery, 5th Earl of Limerick and Angela Pery. Pery was educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford. As he left Oxford his father told him "You have unfortunately been born with a prefix to your name, and unless you get an equivalent number of suffixes people will assume you are a fool". So among other things he became a chartered accountant. Pat Limerick was a noted athlete and he skied for the House of Lords against the House of Commons.
Pat Limerick became a director of the merchant bank Kleinwort Benson. He helped during the merger of Kleinwort and Benson. In 1970 the prime minister, Edward Heath called Limerick and asked "On the assumption that you were willing to become member of the Conservative party, would you be prepared to serve in the government?" Limerick became Under-Secretary of State for Trade in the Conservative Government 1970-1974
On the defeat of the Heath government in 1974, he became President of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce (now the British Chambers of Commerce, the BCC) in succession to Sir Robin Brooke. In that capacity Pat Limerick led the transformation of the ABCC and raised it to a level of national influence at which it was effectively competing with, and sometimes eclipsing, the much younger Confederation of British Industry. At the time the two organisations occupied the same building in Tothill Street / Dean Farrar Street in Westminster. In its original form, the ABCC, often known as 'The 'Parliament of Commerce', dated back to 1860. After his three-year term of office with the Chambers of Commerce was completed, Lord Limerick then became Chairman of the British Overseas Trade Board 1979-1983, as well as being Chairman of the British Invisible Exports Council from 1975 to 1991. He was chairman of the European-Atlantic Group from 1999 to 2001.
He was a director of banknote printers De La Rue from 1983 to 1997, and chairman from 1993.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Limerick
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Edmond Colquhoun Pery
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Edmund Christopher Pery