Controversial new laws to stamp out anti-social behaviour among young people have been backed by Midland MPs.

Critics have accused the Government of promoting intolerance by focusing on bad behaviour among teenagers.

But MPs rejected the claim, warning that opponents of the Government's approach underestimated the devastating effect anti-social behaviour could have on communities.

The warning was issued in a report from the Commons Homes Affairs Committee, which includes John Taylor (Con Solihull), David Winnick (Lab Walsall North) and Janet Dean (Lab Burton).

It followed an inquiry, in which, the MPs heard evidence from police, magistrates, charities and local authorities, including Birmingham City Council.

The report also called on the Government to make licensed premises pay for policing in areas where binge-drinking is a problem.

And it said councils should set minimum prices for alcohol to stop pub companies running promotions which encouraged people to drink too much.

Ministers have introduced a series of measures to fight anti-social behaviour, including anti-social behaviour orders which courts can use to ban people from visiting shopping arcades or seeing friends, even if they have not been charged with any crime. These have been used against a range of people including beggars and prostitutes, but Labour has highlighted their role in tackling "teen gangs".

Earlier this year, the Government stopped short of a compulsory up-front levy on pubs and clubs and ruled out banning "all you can drink" promotions and happy hours.

Instead, disorderlysorder ly premises in new Alcohol Disorder Zones will be given eight weeks to clean up their act.

If they fail to cut drunkenness, all the premises in the zone will be forced to pay towards policing, street cleaning and NHS costs - with refusal leading to possible closure.