5th German Bundestag - 5. Deutscher Bundestag

The 5th German Bundestag existed between October 19, 1965 [1] and October 19, 1969. [2] Overall, the 5th German Bundestag met in 247 sessions, with the last meeting on July 3, 1969. [3] The 5th Bundestag was constituted by the 1965 Bundestag election , which took place on October 3, 1965.

The senior president was Konrad Adenauer ( retired Federal Chancellor) until his death on April 17, 1967, and then Arthur Enk, also from the CDU .

On October 20, 1965, the 5th Bundestag elected Ludwig Erhard (CDU) with 272 (+6) yes-votes, 200 (+15) no-votes, 15 (+1) abstentions in the first ballot for Federal Chancellor . [4] After his resignation on 30 November 1966, Kurt Georg Kiesinger (CDU) voted on 1 December 1966 his successor.

Members of the Bundestag

Parliamentary groups in the plenary session of the Bundestag in the 5th electoral term
(until October 20, 1969)

A total of 518 seats

At the beginning and at the end of the legislative period, the 5th Bundestag had a total of 496 members (+22 Berlin members of the Bundestag ). The CDU / CSU had the highest share of seats with 245 (+6) seats (end: 253), followed by the SPD with 202 (+15) seats (end: 216). In addition, the FDP (49 + 1 seats at the end of 49 seats) were represented in the 5th Bundestag .

Presidium of the Bundestag

In the first session, Eugen Gerstenmaier was re-elected President of the Bundestag with 384 votes in favor, 21 against, 98 abstentions and 4 invalid votes. On January 31, 1969, he resigned and Kai-Uwe von Hassel was elected as his successor on February 5, 1969.



A total of 665 legislative initiatives were introduced in the Bundestag, of which 417 are based on government proposals, 21 on initiatives by the Bundesrat and 227 on initiatives by the Bundestag. A total of 453 laws were passed by the Bundestag during the 5th legislative period.


The 5th Bundestag had 23 standing committees.

Parliamentary control

Inquiries, current hours and surveys

In total, there were 45 large inquiries and 488 small inquiries during the legislative period of the 5th Bundestag . There were also 17 current hours and 223 question hours .

Committees of inquiry

During the legislative period of the 5th Bundestag, there were two committees of inquiry .

1. Committee of Inquiry

On March 16, 1967, the 1st Committee of Inquiry, also referred to as the " HS-30 Committee of Inquiry", was set up. There were 90 meetings between April 27, 1967 and June 26, 1969.

2. Committee of Inquiry

On November 13, 1968, the 2nd Committee of Inquiry, also known as the " Intelligence Services Committee of Inquiry ", was set up. Eleven meetings were held between November 14, 1968 and May 7, 1969.

Special sessions

There were three special sessions during the 5th electoral term, the 119th session on September 6, 1967, the 120th session on September 8, 1967 and the 169th session on April 30, 1968.

Individual evidence

  1. German Bundestag: Plenary Minutes 05/1 (PDF file)
  2. German Bundestag: Plenary Protocol 06/1 (PDF file)
  3. German Bundestag: Plenary Protocol 05/247 (PDF file)
  4. German Bundestag: Plenary Protocol 05/2 (PDF file)