8th German Bundestag - 8. Deutscher Bundestag
The 8th German Bundestag existed between December 14, 1976  and November 4, 1980.  In total, the 8th German Bundestag met in 230 sessions, with the last session on July 4, 1980.  The 8th Parliament was constituted by the general election in 1976 , which took place on 3 October 1976th Due to an amendment to the Basic Law passed in the same year, it was the last Bundestag to be elected more than 30 days before the end of the electoral term.
Members of the Bundestag
At the beginning and at the end of the legislative period, the 8th Bundestag had a total of 496 members (+22 Berlin members of the Bundestag ). The CDU / CSU had the highest share of seats with 243 (+11) seats (end: 253), followed by the SPD with 214 (+10) seats. In addition, the FDP (39 + 1 seats) were represented in the 8th Bundestag . Due to the resignation of MPs, there was at times a total of 1 non-attached MP .
Presidium of the Bundestag
Karl Carstens was elected President of the Bundestag in the first session with 346 votes in favor, 110 against and 24 abstentions. 36 votes were invalid. After he was elected Federal President , he resigned on May 31, 1979. On the same day Richard Stücklen was elected as his successor.
A total of 485 legislative initiatives were introduced in the Bundestag, of which 322 are based on government proposals, 52 on initiatives by the Bundesrat and 111 on initiatives by the Bundestag. A total of 354 laws were passed by the Bundestag during the 8th legislative period and 339 laws were promulgated.
The 8th Bundestag had 19 standing committees.
Inquiries, current hours and surveys
Committees of inquiry
During the legislative period of the 8th Bundestag there was a committee of inquiry .
1. Committee of Inquiry
On January 26, 1978, the 1st committee of inquiry was set up, which is also known as the " Strauss / Scharnagl wiretapping affair". Between January 27, 1978 and January 24, 1980, 52 meetings were held. 
A special session was held during the eighth electoral term, the 102nd session on September 1, 1978.