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Hammond hints at Olympic troop bonuses

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has hinted that troops deployed to Olympic venues following the failure of private firm G4S to provide enough security guards might be given bonuses.

At defence questions on 16 July 2012, shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy suggested that G4S should be offering bonuses to the troops.

"London bus drivers and train drivers are getting Olympic bonus payments and yet currently our forces aren't," Mr Murphy said.

He asked Mr Hammond: "Can you say what contact you have had with G4S about them paying bonuses to troops called up in the last minute?"

Mr Hammond told the Commons the contract with G4S was held by Olympic organiser Locog rather than the government.

"But I can assure you that whatever we need resource-wise to make sure we offer an appropriate package to our armed forces will be made available," he added.

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