§ Mr. Ian Stewart
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when the Opinion of the Advocate General in the108W case of Preston and Others v Wolverhampton Healthcare NHS and Others (Case Number C78/98) will be published; and what is the reason for the delay. 
§ Mr. Timms
The European Court of Justice has indicated that the Advocate General is due to issue his opinion on 14 September 1999 in the case of Preston and Others v Wolverhampton Healthcare NHS Trust and Others (case number C78/98).
The Advocate General had been expected to issue his opinion on the case on 6 July 1999. The date on which an opinion is issued is a matter for the Advocate General. We are unaware of the reason for the delay on this particular case.