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Scottish Procurement has published a tender for IT hardware and associated services, worth between £80m and £100m.

According to a notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union, the deal will be divided into the following five lots: PCs, workstations, netbooks, laptops and thin client technology.

The notice says that the contract will be used by a number of public sector organisations including: central and local government; Scottish non-departmental public bodies; police and fire authorities; health boards; and higher education institutions. The contract is for 18 months, with an extension option of up to two years.

A spokesman for the Scottish government said the framework was "clearly in line" with John McClelland's review of the ICT infrastructure of the public sector in Scotland, which was published in June. He explained that, as recommended in the review, the framework supports cross-sectoral working and "harnessing economies of scale", and could save the public sector around £5m annually.

"The proposed framework agreement will offer standard specifications for the public sector for the duration of the contract. The period of 18 months reflects the dynamic, fast-moving market which is currently seeing the computer industry continuing to develop smarter and more energy efficient technology," he said. "After that period, if we are content that the framework continues to deliver value for money, we will have the option to extend the framework for up to two further 12-month periods. Alternatively, we will have the option of going back out to the market."

This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.

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