I ts membership included the President of the RCP and Dr TP Rees. Joint evidence from the Ministry of Health and the Board of Control provided a set of clear-cut proposals. 137 The Commission reported in May 1957, recommending the repeal of all existing legislation and a single new law covering all forms of mental disorder. 138 Running through the report were two simple ideas: first, that all distinction - legal, administrative and social - between mental illness and physical illness should as far as possible be eliminated; and, secondly, that patients who did not need inpatient care should, wherever possible and desirable, receive treatment while remaining in the community. 139 Compulsory powers of admission should be used less frequently. The assumption should be that mental patients, like others, were content to enter hospital unless they or their relatives positively objected. I ts recommendations formed the basis of the Mental Health Act (1959), and was the foundation of a move towards community care.