8th German Bundestag - 8. Deutscher Bundestag

The 8th German Bundestag existed between December 14, 1976 [1] and November 4, 1980. [2] In total, the 8th German Bundestag met in 230 sessions, with the last session on July 4, 1980. [3] 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.

The senior president was Ludwig Erhard from the CDU ( former Federal Chancellor).

On December 15, 1976, the 8th Bundestag elected Helmut Schmidt ( SPD ) with 250 (+11) yes-votes, 243 (+11) no-votes, 1 abstention and one invalid vote in the first ballot for Federal Chancellor . [4]

Members of the Bundestag

Parliamentary groups in the plenary session of the Bundestag for the 8th electoral term
(until November 4, 1980)

A total of 518 seats

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.

Parliamentary control

Inquiries, current hours and surveys

In total, there were 47 major inquiries and 434 minor inquiries during the legislative period of the 8th Bundestag . There were also 9 current hours and 135 question hours .

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. [5]

Special sessions

A special session was held during the eighth electoral term, the 102nd session on September 1, 1978.

Individual evidence

  1. German Bundestag: Plenary Minutes 08/1 (PDF file)
  2. German Bundestag: Plenary Minutes 09/1 (PDF file)
  3. German Bundestag: plenary minutes 08/230 (PDF file)
  4. German Bundestag: Plenary Minutes 08/2 (PDF file)
  5. German Bundestag: Plenary Protocol 08/1473 (PDF file)