HL Deb 28 February 2000 vol 610 c53WA
Lord Freyberg

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Victoria and Albert Museum, following the recovery of two oil sketches by John Constable in January, has discovered how the sketches were stolen in November 1998; and whether such an incident could happen again. [HL976]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey

The theft and recovery of the two oil sketches by John Constable from the V&A are the subject of police investigation and possible legal action. Until this process is concluded, it would not be right to provide further details. The museum has reviewed security and has taken additional measures to diminish the risks of a future theft.