Parliamentary Documentation

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DIP comprehensively documents the deliberations of the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat. (© German Bundestag/ Klimpel)

The Parliamentary Documentation Division catalogues and indexes materials of the German Bundestag and Bundesrat which are available to the public (minutes of plenary proceedings, bills, motions, interpellations, reports) according to formal and thematic criteria.
Documentation and Information System (DIP)
The Documentation and Information System for Parliamentary Material (DIP) comprehensively documents the deliberations of the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat. The DIP includes not only the printed papers and plenary records from both houses of parliament, but also the full deliberation processes for the parliamentary items of business. In this way, the DIP documents the legislative process from the introduction of a bill to the promulgation of the legislation in the Federal Law Gazette. Likewise, speeches given by Members of the Bundestag, the Bundesrat and other political actors in the houses’ plenary chambers can be researched. 
Deliberation processes are documented from the beginning of the 8th electoral term, namely the 14 December 1976. In addition, the German Bundestag’s documents (printed papers and plenary records) are available from the 1st electoral term, which started on 7 September 1949, as digital facsimiles (PDF). The Bundesrat’s documents are also available in the DIP, however earlier periods are still incomplete.

Quick search, advanced search and expert search

DIP offers various entry points into research in the form of the quick, advanced and expert search options. Important and up-to-date documents and information can be accessed from the DIP homepage with just a few clicks.

Researchable content in machine-readable formats (JSON and XML) is also available in the DIP via an interface (API). Comprehensive explanations and helpful texts ensure navigating the DIP is easy.

Telephone information service

The Parliamentary Documentation Division’s telephone information service responds to individual enquiries from interested parties regarding parliamentary materials and the activities of individual Members dating back to the beginning of the 1st electoral term on 7 September 1949.