In Greater Manchester, the emergency planning process is overseen by the Senior Co-ordinating Group whose main objective is to promote multi-agency training and to ensure there is an effective multi-agency response to incidents.
Wigan MBC chief executive Stephen Jones represents the 10 council chief executives on the group.
Following the 11 September terrorist attacks, the group produced its local chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear response guidance, providing for the 10 councils being represented by one of the chief executives at the multi-agency gold control.
Chief executives receive gold-control training and regular briefings at their monthly meetings.
It will be interesting to observe the future development of London's 'LA gold ' office following the initial grant of several hundred thousand pounds from local government minister Nick Raynsford.
Programme support manager, Association of Greater Manchester Authorities