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Thursday 04 January, 2001

Weir Group PLC

Holding in Company

Weir Group PLC
3 January 2001

LETTER TO WEIR GROUP PLC

LETTER DATED 2 JANUARY 2001


Companies Act 1985 (as amended) (the 'Act')
Disclosure of Interests in Shares

For the purpose of this and future notifications pursuant to Part VI of the 
Act, we write to inform you that with effect from close of business on 31
December 2000, the regulated business of M&G Investment Management Limited
('MAGIM') was transferred to Prudential Portfolio Managers Limited ('PPM'). The 
latter has today been renamed as M&G Investment Management Limited.
Consequently, you will observe in the current notification (and in all future
notifications henceforth) that the PPM name has in all instances been replaced
by that of M&G.

We also write to inform you that with effect from 28 December 2000, the life and
pensions business of M&G Life Assurance Company Limited and M&G Pensions and
Annuity Company Limited respectively was transferred to Scottish Amicable Life
plc. From the date hereof, all notifications will therefore identify Scottish
Amicable Life plc as the operator of all former M&G life end pension funds.

In view of the above, is the schedule below detailing those interests currently
held by Prudential plc and certain of its subsidiary companies, which reflects
the recent changes to the investment management business of M&G.  You should be
aware that all notifications will now be made by M&G Investment Management
Limited on behalf of all companies within the Prudential plc group of companies.

For the purpose of S210 of the Act, the address for those companies identified
in the schedule below is Laurence Pountney Hill, London EC4R 0HH.

In order to assist us to comply with our notification obligations under the
Banking Act, Insurance Companies Act and Investment Services Regulations, we 
would appreciate it if you would notify us of any future changes within your 
group structure relating to the formation, acquisition or disposal of any of the
following: (i) a bank, (ii) an insurance company and/or (iii) an authorised
investment firm.


LETTER FROM M&G INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED


             Notifiable Position Report for WEIR GROUP ORD GBP0.125
                            as at 29 December 2000

Percentage holdings are calculated using an issued share capital of 200,449,291
ORD GBP0.125 shares

                 Registered Holder                  Holding %     Total         
                                                                  Notifiable
                                                                  Interest

Prudential PLC                                      20,869,883    10.41

                 CLYDESDALE BK NOMS LTD MGG          7,150,000
                 CLYDESDALE BK NOMS LTD MGT             15,300
                 PRUCLT HSBC GIS NOM(UK) PAC AC     13,063,902
                 PRUCLT HSBC GIS NOM(UK) PPL AC        399,181
                 RBSTB NOMINEES LIMITED                241,500


M&G Group Limited                                   20,628,383    10.29

                 CLYDESDALE BK NOMS LTD MGG          7,150,000
                 CLYDESDALE BK NOMS LTD MGT             15,300
                 PRUCLT HSBC GIS NOM(UK) PAC AC     13,063,902
                 PRUCLT HSBC GIS NOM(UK) PPL AC        399,181


M&G Investment Management Limited                   20,613,083    10.28

                 CLYDESDALE BK NOMS LTD MGG          7,150,000
                 PRUCLT HSBC GIS NOM(UK) PAC AC     13,063,902
                 PRUCLT HSBC GIS NOM(UK) PPL AC        399,181


M&G Limited                                         20,628,383    10.29

                 CLYDESDALE BK NOMS LTD MGG          7,150,000
                 CLYDESDALE BK NOMS LTD MGT             15,300
                 PRUCLT HSBC GIS NOM(UK) PAC AC     13,063,902
                 PRUCLT HSBC GIS NOM(UK) PPL AC        399,181


The Prudential Assurance Company Limited            13,463,083     6.71

                 PRUCLT HSBC GIS NOM(UK) PAC AC     13,063,902
                 PRUCLT HSBC GIS NOM(UK) PPL AC        399,181