I am just making a note of what I have done so far following the apt package install for 7.0
1) installed dpkg @ wget http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/pool...15.8.11.tar.gz
and then had to use lynx from my source directory to get hold of po4a_0.34 (as for some reason wget wouldn't download it)
2) once done I had to install the Module::Build perl package. which meant going to the 6.3 version of the blfs book. and using the instructions from there to install the Module::Build package. After installing the packages' dependancies using cpan (as advised) apart from Compress-zlib, which I used wget on to get hold of it and use the perl Makeperl.PL thingy..., then installed po4a and dpkg.
3) I am now trying to find apt-<version>.deb, but am unable, and I am stuck now.