LONDON (Reuters) - The government said on Wednesday it would ease house arrest restrictions on terrorism suspects in a compromise sought by the Liberal Democrats. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the government was delivering on his Lib Dem partys pledge in last Mays election to scrap the so-called control orders, among the most contentious of the counter-terrorism measures introduced by the previous Labour government. Cleggs popularity is at a low after he and his party abandoned a campaign pledge to abolish university tuition fees and instead voted to nearly triple student charges. We have always said ... we need to rebalance this very important relationship between liberty and security, Clegg told BBC television. That is always what Liberal Democrats set out to do and that is what this government is now doing, he added. But civil liberties groups said the government had merely amended and renamed the control order regime. Eight British citizens are subject to control orders which require them to observe curfews for up to 16 hours a day and subject them to electronic tagging, visitor restrictions and other constraints.Home Secretary Theresa May said the government would introduce a more targeted approach to supervising suspects as part of a wider review, rolling back restrictive powers introduced by Labour.