Tory defeat on pensions.
Peers rejected government pleas and backed a Labour plan to allow couples to split their pension rights on divorce.
Despite massive Tory efforts to round up their peers for the crucial Divorce Bill, the government lost by 178 votes to 150.
Social security minister Lord Mackay warned that splitting pensions could cost the Treasury pounds 180m.
But Labour social security spokeswoman Lady Hollis said: "This will save many divorced people from an old age in penury."
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 1, 1996|
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