GORDON Brown promised to study Ministry of Defence bonus payments yesterday after it was revealed the department’s civil servants had pocketed almost £50 million this year.
There was anger from troops’ families after the disclosure that bonuses for bureaucrats had reached £287,809,049 since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
They were described as an insult to soldiers fighting – and losing their lives – on the frontline in Afghanistan amid claims over equipment shortages.
But union leaders and ministers defended the bill, pointing out that many of the recipients were not highly paid.
The Prime Minister said: “If there are any questions over the bonuses, I will examine them.”
But he added: “I’ve got to say that some of the people who have received help have been working out in the field, and people that have been supporting people out there.