On 3 February 2009, the memorandum on the report and the fourth memorandum of amendments with respect to the partnership bill before parliament was received by the Second Chamber.4 Discussion of the bill was postponed after receipt of a letter with objections from the Dutch Federation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MKB-Nederland) and the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers VNO-NCW (VNO-NCW). The State Secretary of Justice has addressed all objections and considers further delay undesirable. It is intended that the new rules will be introduced on 1 July 2009.