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The Board of Control for Lunacy and Mental Deficiency was part of the Ministry of Health, but was independent in that it reported to the Lord Chancellor (who would investigate breaches of care and integrity). The Board had previously been under the responsibility of the Home Office, moving to the ministry of health in about 1930 The Board consisted of: a Chairman, two Senior Medical Commissioners, one Senior Legal Commissioner, six Commissioners (lawyers and doctors), six Inspectors and administrative staff. The Commissioners of the board went round the country seeing that those detained under the various mental and mental deficiency acts were legally in custody and that care was proper and moneys and other properties owned by patients were not being misused or stolen.

The board was based in Northumberland Avenue, London, until 1939 when it was moved to Hobart House, Grosvenor Place

Its responsibility was limited to England and Wales.


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