Lt. Gen. Sir Peter de la Billiere will hand over command of British forces in the Persian Gulf later this month and return home, Defense Secretary Tom King said Saturday.

"With the approval of Her Majesty the Queen, he will receive a special promotion to full general in April," King said. De la Billiere, 56, will become Middle East adviser to the Ministry of Defense "with particular reference to learning the lessons of the gulf campaign."The new British commander in the gulf will be Air Commodore Ian Macfadyen.