The first Blue Book to appear for the East Africa Protectorate was that for 1901-1902, and annual volumes were published thereafter up to that for 1915-1916. A gap then occurs until a volume is published for 1926. The principal reason for this appears to have been congestion of work in the Government Press in Nairobi, which was also causing delays in the publication of the Annual Reports. In December 1925, however, the Kenya Government informed the Colonial Office that a Blue Book for 1923 was in the hands of the printers. The Colonial Office had hitherto accepted the situation without demur, but in March 1926 there appeared in the British South African Export Gazette a protest against "belated annual reports". The Governor was, accordingly, told in April that the delays had "been strongly commented on in the press" and that it was hoped that he would hasten the Annual Report for 1925.26 He was also asked what the position was regarding the Blue Books for 1923 and 1924. The Governor's reply in November that there was serious congestion in the press owing to inadequate machinery provoked Strachey to minute as follows: "The plain fact is that Kenya has produced no Blue Book for ten years, and we were told in December 1925 that one for 1923 was in the hands of the printers and that there seems little prospect of our getting it. Also when we wrote on 30th April simply asking the position as regards the 1923 (and '24) books, we got no answer till 8th November. It is typical of the way things are done in Kenya and they no doubt know that they will not be asked to produce the arrears if they delay long enough." The Governor was told that it was left to his discretion whether or not to proceed with the 1923 Blue Book, but that as regards those for 1924 and 1925, unless some real progress had been made on them, they should be abandoned and that "efforts should be concentrated on producing as soon as possible after the close of the year to which they relate the Blue Books and other reports for 1926". The outcome was that no Blue Book appeared until that for 1926. There was then regular annual publication up to the appearance of the 1938 volume. None was published for 1939-1944, though there are in the Public Record Office a copy for 1938 which has been partially amended in ink for 1939 and typescript copies for 1940-1944.30 The Blue Book was published again for 1945 and in the following year it appeared for the last time. Description drawn from H.F. Morris's introduction.