More anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) have been issued in Manchester than any other city since their introduction, new figures show.
Hazel Blears said Manchester was leading the way with the powers
Last year, 335 Asbos were handed out in the city - more than any other area in England and Wales.
The orders are used to try to deter people who carry out persistent and serious anti-social behaviour.
Home Office minister - and Salford MP - Hazel Blears said Greater Manchester had pioneered the use of the powers.
"I think in Manchester and the surrounding boroughs there has been a real determination to tackle the problems of anti-social behaviour," she said.
"As well as using Asbos they have got things like the community challenge, the 100 days clean-up and they're cleaning up the environment.
"I think people can be proud of what is happening in Manchester because what they are doing there is showing that these issues can be tackled - and tackled with the community."
The total number of Asbos issued across the country since April 1999 has risen by 11% to 7,356 - 43% of those being handed out to under-18s.