The pair also backed the chancellor's call for the break-up of banks that did not implement the ring-fence properly.
They used the question-and-answer session to portray the 40%-state-owned bank as in tune with public opinion.
'We are very conscious of the point,,, that as a taxpayer-owned company we should, perhaps more than others, be very much aware of the public sentiment in relation to (bonuses) and we will be', said Sir Winfried.
Horta-Osorio would not be drawn on whether he himself would receive a bonus this year, saying that it was wrong to speculate on something that had yet to be discussed by the bank's board.
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