The Press Association reports that Scottish secretary Michael Moore issued a stern warning to the state-owned bank ahead of the next round of remuneration and said the ruling coalition expects RBS to show restraint.
"As the predominant shareholder in RBS, the government expects the bank to be a back-marker and not a market leader on bonuses," he explained. "We want to see bonuses lower this year than last year, that's absolutely clear cut."
Mr Moore's comments came in response to a question from Labour MP for Glasgow Central Anas Sarwar, who pointed out that Financial Services Agency figures revealed the firm had dealt with more than half of complaints "inappropriately".
Earlier this week, Irish finance minister Brian Lenihan hinted that he had dropped plans to tax bonus payouts at a rate of up to 90 per cent.
By Claire Archer