§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department has taken in response to the incident in Middlesbrough regarding quarantining of surgical instruments. 
§ Mr. Hutton
Guidance on the re-use of surgical instruments after brain biopsy is already published, in "Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy agents: safe working and the prevention of infection". This guidance, endorsed by the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens, is available in the following location on the the Department's website: www.dh.gov.uk > Policy and guidance > Health and social care topics > CJD > CJD publications > Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy agents: Safe working and the prevention of infection
Additional guidance on the reuse of surgical instruments after brain biopsies is in preparation and will be published shortly.