Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
"The first duty of any government is to keep the public safe and the committee that's looked at the Home Office proposals say there is a problem and we need to do something about it. I agree with them.
"But we equally have a duty to make sure that we do that in a way which doesn't lead to unnecessary or excessive snooping on people's emails and telephone calls.
"The committee has said the proposals as they're presently drafted are over the top in important respects, not workable in other respects and possibly very expensive for British taxpayers.
"That's why we now need a fundamental rethink, go back to the drawing board and come back with proposals where we get the balance right."
More top news
A chilly night with widespread frost and fog in some parts of the UK which will be slow to lift in the morning.
Uptown Funk, his collaboration with Bruno Mars, reached number one in the charts again this evening.
ITV News spoke to Nick Channing-Williams who described the freezing conditions on board the car ferry that caught fire earlier today.