The impact on local employees of China's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is to be studied in a government survey. Frederick Ho Wing-huen, Commissioner for Census and Statistics, said about 8,000 households and 4,000 to 5,000 companies would be interviewed in the second quarter of the year about their employment concerns and training. 'We want to know what the companies are preparing in anticipation of China's entry into the WTO,' he said. Legislator Lee Cheuk-yan of The Frontier said the Government should assess the impact on sectors that would be most affected, such as the container terminal industry. He said think-tanks in the United States had predicted the number of middle management posts would fall sharply by 2008 in the American market. The Census and Statistics Department also carried out a survey of 10,000 households in the first quarter of the year on the usage pattern of information technology, including electronic commerce. Results would be available in two to three months, Mr Ho said. In the third and fourth quarters, the department would interview another 10,000 households on employment issues including casual, temporary and part-time employees. Displaced employees, including those who had been sacked or who resigned voluntarily, and people who changed jobs would also be on the list.