It's not so different in Canada. When I worked in the Secretary of State's office, I remember reading some correspondence on "regularizing" regulations. After the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was passed in 1982, government departments were given several years to look over their regulations and revise them to bring them in line with the new rules. This meant pretty much pc-ing the whole lot, making sure that "man" was replaced by "person", "he" by "he/she", etc.
The memo I read was complaining that the deadline was coming up, and so far there had been precious little progress in the Department of Transportation on bringing their regulations up to snuff. In fact, the writer said there had been just one amendment: a regulation on maritime navigation had replaced the word "lunatic" with something more decorous. All I could think was "What on earth was the original regulation that could incorporate the word "lunatic" in a question of sailing a boat?" Allowing lunatics to pilot boats? Transporting lunatics by sea? I'll never know, but my imagination will play with it forever.