Female school governors have been taking officials to task over new regulations for governing bodies which refer to heads throughout as "he", an anachronism even more jarring now that most heads are women.
Wore, the regs were written by an all-female team of mandarins and lawyers, headed by a female minister, Jacqui Smith - as a red-faced (and female) official was forced to admit at a recent consultation session.
The reason, apparently, is that the archaic laws governing these things forbid the use of "he or she," "she" and other variations. Why not use "she" instead?
No answer to that one.