Comments of the Minister Presidents’ Conference regarding Document I
1. The Minister Presidents will assume the powers delegated to them on 1 July 1948 by the Military Governors of the American, British and French Zones.
2. The convening of a German National Assembly* and the preparation of a German constitution shall be postponed until a solution for all of Germany is possible and until German sovereignty has been sufficiently restored.
3. The Minister Presidents will recommend to the Landtage [state parliaments] of the three Zones that they elect a representative body (Parliamentary Council) which will have the task of:
a) Drafting a basic law for the uniform administration of the Occupation Zones for the Western Powers;
b) Enacting an electoral law for a popular representation based upon general and direct elections.
The participation of the Land [state] governments in the deliberations of the Parliamentary Council must be assured.
The representation shall be formed in accordance with the figures proposed in Document No. I and shall convene not later than 1 September 1948. Each Land shall put up at least one delegate; for a remaining fraction of at least 200,000 votes a further delegate shall be appointed.
4. The elections for the popular representation shall be carried out during the year 1948.
5. The basic law must provide, in addition to a popular representation elected directly by the people, for Länder representation to take part in Legislation.
6. As soon as the delegates elected by the Landtage have accomplished their task (para. 2), the Minister Presidents, after consultation with the Landtage, will submit the basic law, with their comments, to the Military Governors and ask them to authorize the Minister Presidents to promulgate the law.
7. The representative body shall fulfill all functions to which a democratically elected parliament is entitled.
8. The common executive organ envisaged for the occupation area of the Western Powers shall be appointed under the provisions of the basic law.
* i.e., the Constituent Assembly referred to in the London Documents.