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The Metropolitan Police Authority has cancelled its tender for a new custody and case-preparation system in favour of using a framework run by the Government Procurement Service.

It has published a cancellation of the tender notice, which was posted in May and valued at up to £20m, in the Official Journal of the European Union. It says that procuring the services under the Framework Agreement for Computer Services and Supplies "is more likely to achieve its purchasing objectives than continuing with the current exercise".

The tender was for a managed support service to support applications used in managing custody and casework, interfaces with other criminal justice systems, hardware and infrastructure.

The framework the authority has chosen to use was set up by Buying Solutions, now part of the Government Procurement Service, in 2009 and covers a range of ICT products and services, inlcuding software packages and information systems.

This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.

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