Recession? What recession? Senior officials at the House of Commons awarded bonuses totalling £250,000

While bankers face "stringent" caps on their bonuses by European regulators, officials at the Houses of Parliament have quietly been awarded some tasty little festive perks.

Malcolm Jack, the Clerk of the House, has signed off bonuses worth nearly £250,000 for his 56 top members of staff.

A Freedom of Information request reveals that, on the recommendation of the mysterious "Senior Pay Panel", two individuals will receive £9,375, while 11 have been awarded £6,375.

Christmas brings generous bonuses at the House of Commons (The Telegraph, 12 December 2010)