On Brighton & Hove Issues Forum, Ed Bassford wrote this recently :
"It's not down to the drafters of legislation to be creative. They comply
with Section 6 of the Interpretation Act 1978:-
6. Gender and number.
In any Act, unless the contrary intention appears,-
(a)words importing the masculine gender include the feminine;
(b)words importing the feminine gender include the masculine;
(c)words in the singular include the plural and words in the
There are two specific pieces of law that disapply this
The Sexual Offences Act 1985 and the Employment Act 1989."