This comment from Nadine Dorries does not surprise me in the least,
I wonder how many people are aware, that if you are an MP and divorce, the courts base your maintenance payments to your husband/wife/children on a combination of your ACA and your salary. This is because the ACA is classed as an allowance, not an expense account, and is considered by the court as the property of the MP.I can understand why the court would consider the ACA like that. If it didn't, then potentially, maintenance payments could be signficantly less than they ought to be.
Hat Tip: Sam Coates