LEGISLATORS will be asked to approve payment of $60 million for the Government to reform its 'messy' filing system. A submission for funding of the 18-month project was distributed to councillors yesterday. The budget covers expenses for staff, installation of machinery and facilities, and maintenance. The year-long project, which starts next year, aims to computerise the entire filing system of all policy branches and departments. Independent legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing agreed the reforms should be carried out immediately. 'I was surprised to learn that a Government which used to run policies systematically has such a 'messy' filing system, 'There is no use advocating something like free access to information when the Government itself fails to locate the information when needed.' The system should have been reformed decades ago, Ms Lau said. The submission said the files stored in government offices could pave a 512,000-metres long road if placed end-to-end. The number of files grew 12.5 per cent every year, it said.