Presumably, then, the White Paper will also give short shrift to Professor Goode's recommendation that divorced people should have a statutory right to share their spouses' pensions.
Pensions and divorce have long been an explosive issue; attempting to meddle in this highly charged area could make the Child Support Agency fiasco look like a sideshow. Probably wisely, Mr Lilley has decided that this is a hot potato he could well do without.
It is, however, an issue that is not going to go away, and eventually something will have to be done about it.
At present, divorced people have few rights over a spouse's pension and the best they can hope for is often a discretionary payment from the trustees. Professor Goode wanted pension funds to calculate the value of a divorced spouse's pension rights and treat it as a normal transfer out of the scheme, rather like an early leaver.
In a recent Court of Appeal case, Brooks v Brooks, the terms of a man's pension were varied in favour of his wife so she could get part of it. However, lawyers say the grounds of this particular decision were too narrow to make a general precedent.
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