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Ghost of Dyfed haunting tourism

St David's Head, Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire's St David's Head, an attraction web surfers might be missing

An out-dated database supplied by Royal Mail is losing Pembrokeshire tourist business, Parliament has been told.

MP Stephen Crabb said the database still uses the old county name of Dyfed which was abolished 13 years ago.

The database is used by some internet search engines, so would-be visitors to Pembrokeshire can find it difficult, if not impossible, to locate the area.

Industry Minister Pat McFadden suggested Mr Crabb contribute to a code of practice for the database.

Speaking before a Parliamentary debate he had called on the issue, Mr Crabb said changing the Royal Mail database to include Pembrokeshire was "a practical necessity for local businesses".

He said it was also a "point of civic pride for all of us who were pleased to see the return of Pembrokeshire and the demise of Dyfed".

"I have written to the chief executive of the Royal Mail on a number of occasions about their outdated database and I am disappointed with the lack of progress," he said.

Mr Crabb's constituent Robert Smith, who runs a Bed and Breakfast in Fishguard, has now given up advertising on some websites as visitors from overseas could not find his accommodation.

Mr Crabb said he hoped the Post Office Minister would "respond positively" to his debate and "ensure that the Royal Mail amends its database and brings back Pembrokeshire".

Mr McFadden said that one outcome of a review of the Royal Mail database's code of practice could be to make the code clearer and include more modern county information.

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