By Matthew Barrett
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In December, Peter Bone MP asked Nick Clegg who would succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister should Mr Cameron be assassinated. Mr Clegg replied:
"I have to to say that your morbid fascination with the premature death of your own party leader is not really a subject for me, it is a subject for the chief whip."
Mr Bone had previously asked a similar question of Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary.
"Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough) (Con): What his role would be in a national emergency.
Mr Bone: The Foreign Secretary might have a problem with that. Is it true that under Government contingency plans if the Prime Minister were killed in a terrorist attack it would be the Foreign Secretary who took charge of the Government until the Queen could choose a new Prime Minister?
Mr Hague: I can assure my hon. Friend that continuity of government plans are in place to deal with any catastrophic destabilising incident. I know that he has asked the same question of my right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary, and the answer is the same: we do not consider it appropriate to talk about these plans in public, but I can assure him that arrangements are in place for any such contingency. I cannot guarantee that there will be a place in the bunker for Mrs Bone, I am afraid."
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